Published on February 21st, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


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.


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