Students in Collingwood got a crash course in coding at St. Mary’s Catholic School last week.
The Simcoe Muskoka District Catholic School board held a week-long camp called the Power of Coding.
The camp was open to students Grades 7-9
from both the Catholic and Public School boards and offered them a chance to learn about
Greg Moneypenny was one of the organizers
and said this was an extension of a coding club they have at St. Mary’s.
He explained how students learned about coding using
the scratch programming method, which was developed at the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology (MIT).
Students participating in the camp had theme days and
activities throughout the week and they used their coding skills to
create animation and program apps.
One of the activities was creating an app to
control a robot that was used in the Robot Olympics on the final day of
Moneypenny said they are learning more than
just programming, he said the camp taught them about perseverance and
“There is a lot more that they learn, that has nothing to do with technology,” he said.
He said this is the future of technology and the camp gave kids a chance to learn it early.
Student Lydia Mirrlees said she’s always
interested in computers and technology and enjoyed the camp.
“It’s the future of technology and in the
future, they’ll need a bunch of jobs to fill and we can be the people
that fill those jobs,” she said.
The camp was offered as part of the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School board's Summer school program.