Coding Lessons Start in Kindergarten

Sheridan Media reporter Pat Blair is looking at how Sheridan County School District 2 teaches computer science. This is part 2 of her series.

Students in Sheridan County School District 2 start learning to code in kindergarten.

Mitch Craft, who's an assistant superintendent for the district, said the students aren't necessarily writing computer code from scratch, but they're putting together building blocks that contain code.

Students in kindergarten through second grade learn through graphical block programming, through a platform called Scratch Jr. From third through fifth grade, they use a platform called Scratch, and the block programming is language-based.

Through all grade levels, Craft said, the students get to see how computer language works. He said the students get excited, because the lessons are creation-based.

He said once the students complete elementary school, they have a really basic and strong background in how coding works, meaning they're ready to take on the next steps in computer science at Sheridan Junior High School.

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