Click. Click. "That's cool."
Mayflower Mill Elementary School student Shawn Phosingkham's eyes light up as the color red begins to fill the screen of his animated music video. Shawn is learning to adjust the color and other features of his digital video during Coding Club. He is one of about 20 fourth-grade students who choose the computer lab over recess once a week to learn computer coding.
TSC Coordinator of Connected Learning Sarah Margeson says students learn basic terminology and get step-by-step instructions on how to tell a computer what to do. Their projects revolve around music and sound.
"Students are learning to persevere when something doesn't work, be creative in their designs, and see a commitment through to the end," says Margeson.
Fourth-grade student Jamirree Johnson enjoys being a part of coding club. "I am learning to do some cool stuff on the computer."
That "cool stuff" is what Principal Shannon Cauble believes will prepare students for the future. The U.S. Department of Labor says the number of computer science jobs in the U.S. is growing twice as fast as the national average for other jobs.
"I am hoping to expand Coding Club to include more students next year," says Cauble. "We want to inspire future software developers, database administrators and computer network architects."