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Elgin ISD hosts first coding camp

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    The concepts of coding were taught through fun games and activities that helped the kids visualize what they were learning.
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    Camp leaders take a moment on Monday to introduce themselves to the campers and explain what would be happening throughout the week.
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    Members of the high school group participating in a warmup activity to design the tallest structure possible with limited resources.

Students of all ages had an opportunity to learn more about programming at Elgin ISD’s first-ever coding camp, held last week at Neidig Elementary School.

Students began learning how to write computer code using Swift, Apple’s coding software. Swift was chosen for the camp because it is easy to understand, and Apple offers a curriculum teaching how to use it. Campers learned the language through games and other activities, such Playground, a place for introductory level programmers to experiment with code free of consequence. At one point in the week, the explorers got to use Spheros, small robotic spheres that move based on commands it receives from the students.

The week started out with presentations by business owners, who told the campers about an issue they face often. For example, Kyle Smith from The Clever Tiger Art Gallery and Studio explained he wanted a way to organize the art work on display in the gallery. This organization system would notify him when an artist’s 30-day display contract was up, as well as also allow customers to view and find art. At the end of the week, groups of students who worked on apps to solve these programs presented their prototypes.