Peer-to-Peer: Edina High Students Teach Classmates Computer Coding

Edina's AP Computer Science students taught an hour of coding to all math classes this week.

Credit: Edina Schools.
Credit: Edina Schools.
Students in Edina High School's AP Computer Science class put on "nerd glasses" and headed to the school's Media Center this week, giving lessons to all math students on how to code and program computers.

The effort aligns with Computer Science Education Week, a nation-wide initiative that has taught coding for an hour to almost 14 million students.

“Everyone has really been enjoying themselves,” technology specialist Mike Walker said in a statement. “We had a couple students who were very hesitant and overwhelmed who, by the end of the hour, were actually writing code. It has truly been a great experience.” 

AP Computer Science teacher Nancy Johnson coordinated the lessons.

“The ultimate goal is to expose every kid to computer science,” she said. “I have several students who have found their passion and their future career because they were able to take a computer science class in high school. It’s often hard for them to find the time in their schedule, and the course title alone can be intimidating.  Hopefully this week showed students that anyone can code and that computers are fun!”
David F December 16, 2013 at 12:10 AM
Computer science programs are becoming less popular at the college level even with the huge demand for technology graduates.


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