BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. -- Fifth-graders at Todd Elementary School in Briarcliff used their coding experience to create interactive and engaging video games for kindergartners.
Following weeks of creative work, they shared their projects with the younger students April 20 and 21 and allowed them to play the video games.
“Coding is something that everyone should be exposed to because the future is all going to be based on technology, and if you know how to code, the sky is the limit,” said technology teacher Lori Whitman, who added that all K-5 students participated in the international initiative Hour of Code in December as an introduction to computer science.
“There are so many coding jobs out there, especially for girls," Whitman said. "Starting at this level with coding is really building the future."
Students used Scratch, a free educational programming tool, which allowed them to create the interactive stories using scenery and vocabulary appropriate for a younger audience.
The project enabled students to take control of their own learning, be creative and think critically.
“I wanted the fifth-graders to get excited about what code could do, and I felt they had enough background to create something that could be shared with the kindergartners,” Whitman said. “I also wanted the young students to see the potential of coding.”