Johns Hopkins Teaches First Graders How to Code

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Photo by Alaina Willing, via JHU Hub
Photo by Alaina Willing, via JHU Hub

First graders may not yet know how to tie their own shoelaces, but that doesn’t mean they’re too young to learn the basics of computer coding.

Last week, a group of Hopkins computer science students left the confines of their swanky new building to visit Roland Park Elementary/Middle School to teach some six-year-olds how to code. The event was part of Computer Science Education Week, which aims to introduce people around the world to the joy of coding.

The Hopkins students explained programming in terms of following a recipe, just like baking cookies. They then walked the class through a basic program tailored for their age group.

And according to the Hopkins Hub, the first graders gobbled it all up:

“I get it! I know how to do all of this!” shouted one little girl, leaping out of her seat with such excitement that her ponytail swung like a pendulum.



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