About a dozen Glen-Worden students, from grades 4 and 5, have been huddling in the library computer lab after school for three days a week this month.
They are members of the Learn to Code Club, run by Library Media Specialist Maureen Palleschi and grade 3 teacher Mary Radom.
And a good sized group gathered for a month after school last fall for the Club. “It was so popular and we had so many kids who wanted to come, that we offered a second session,” said Palleschi.
The students are involved in Scratch programming, offered through the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). That is a coding language and an online community in which students program and share interactive media such as stories, games, and animation with people from all over the world.
In the G-W programming course, students learn about computer science and programming as a career. Students are given step by step lessons to create and program an animated story, with block code.
The after-school program has run Tuesday to Thursdays in March. It ends next week.
According to the Scratch website, “Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century.”