Some midland fourth graders are heading to SVSU

Saginaw Valley State University will welcome students from four local elementary classes on December 3 for a one-hour code program. SVSU’s STEM Center (STEM @ SVSU) is partnering with the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum to offer students a program that combines coding activity with activity that integrates the arts.

Participating students attend All Saints Elementary School in Bay City, McAlear Sawden Elementary School in Bay City, North Saginaw Charter Academy of National Heritage Academies – Saginaw and Woodcrest Elementary School in Midland Public Schools.

“Hour of Code is a global movement to introduce kids to computers and we are thrilled to be a part of that movement at SVSU,” said Adrianne Cole, director of STEM @ SVSU. “We need to introduce STEM concepts from an early age, encourage our young people to think critically about global problems and educate them to successfully communicate possible solutions. Since many of these solutions will continue to rely heavily on IT, STEM @ SVSU is passionate about working with our campus partners and local schools to engage elementary students in coding activities such as this one. -this.

The Hour of Code program consists of students participating in 60 Minutes of Coding, the process of writing a computer program using a programming language. George Corser, assistant professor of computer science and information systems at SVSU, and computer science students from SVSU will provide instruction to elementary school students.

In addition to writing code, participating students will tour the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum at SVSU. Andrea Ondish, curator of education at the museum, will lead students in a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math) activity.

“The Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum is very pleased to host the Hour of Code program,” said Ondish. “We love to teach an ‘art coding’ project every year and hope to show that the arts are relevant to technology. ”

Hour of Code is a global movement reaching students in over 180 countries to increase diversity in computer science as well as introduce coding to students at a young age.

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