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Coding Classes Experience Rapid Growth

New Classes Offered Next Year Due to Success

Student examining circuit board   Students working on laptops

Last year ESBOCES piloted Coding A, an entry-level computer coding class and math elective, in one of its special education sites. The class is now offered at four ESBOCES special education schools and its success has led to the addition of Coding B, a more advanced class, which will be piloted at two of those sites next year. Presently, students begin the course learning two programs, Blockly and Scratch, and then progress to another, Python. They also learn to work with a series of small, single-board computers known as Raspberry Pi, enabling them to tackle projects involving system, electrical and mechanical engineering. At Brookhaven Learning Center, Math Teacher Dana Hansen assigned a project that requires her students to program an autonomous, humanoid robot known as NAO (they must teach it do dance for the upcoming school talent show). Post high school, students will have accumulated a background in basic programming, electronics, and a little robotics, which may inspire them to pursue a related course of study in higher education.
Teacher giving robot verbal instructions