Published on February 21st, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff0
PHES students participate in Google coding program
Pictured, Pleasant Hill Elementary CS First Program Facilitator Besty Goodman answers PHES Fourth-Grader Ebony Hill’s questions during the afterschool computer science program.
LEXINGTON, S.C. — Pleasant Hill Elementary students explore the world of coding through the Google™ CS First after-school computer science program.
More than 90 fourth- and fifth-graders applied for 20 spots available in the program. Those selected stay after school twice a week for coding instruction and activities.
Google provides the program, which focuses on block-based coding using a program developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, free of charge. CS First strives to increase student confidence, instill courage, develop perseverance, provide a sense of belonging and demonstrate the impact that computer science has in careers and communities.
PHES Technology Integration Specialist John Geanangel, PHES EAGLE Teacher Betsy Goodman and PHES Second-Grade Teacher Cindy Hecko facilitate the group and help students achieve their goals and work together to overcome challenges.
PHES Fifth-Grader Parker Rowe says, “There’s more to coding than what you think. I’ve been able to express my ideas and what I think through this program.”
The school plans to expand the program in the future to provide opportunities for all interested students.