Nextech brings coding lessons to AYS kids

It’s not unusual to see a bus roll up in front of an elementary school. Unless, of course, it’s a bus that looks like this:


As part of Computer Science Education Week, Nextech brought its mobile computing lab and Hour of Code activities to four different AYS sites last Tuesday through Friday. A nonprofit that connects educators, entrepreneurs and other nonprofits to deliver K-12 programs to inspire kids to pursue careers in technology, Nextech taught our students about the basics of coding.


At John Strange Elementary in Washington Twp., groups of AYS kids took turns piling into the roving classroom, which was equipped with technology and teachers. Once inside, they received some hands-on guidance and examples of why computer science matters in their lives.


Donna Smith, director for the John Strange AYS program, said both she and the kids valued the coding lessons.

“I liked that the students were able to have additional experience to go along with our STEAM Week, which included coding,” Smith said. “One student told me he was excited about programing the robot to do what he designed it to do! The kids also enjoyed sharing the coding activity with their parents.”

20161208_165119In addition to John Strange, the Nextech mobile computing lab visited the AYS programs at Gold Academy, Spring Mill Elementary and Valley Mills Elementary.

AYS kids were among the millions of people around the world who participated in Hour of Code events last week.

If your child benefited from this great partnership with Nextech, we’d love to hear your feedback below! And thank you to Nextech for bringing this great experience to our students!


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