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Students delve into computer science

The Hannibal Central School District is embracing coding at all grade levels, and students recently participated in various activities during Computer Science Education Week in December.

At Fairley, librarians Monica Gage and Marie Smith are working with students on different coding projects on code.org. Throughout the experience, students work on their problem-solving skills while following instructions to accomplish different tasks.

“Students are given activities that are asking them to think ahead to solve a problem,” Gage explained. “As the students move on, they use map skills -- to identify directional points -- and math skills -- like subtraction and addition -- to solve the problems.”

By introducing students to computer science at the elementary level, they are better prepared for more in-depth studies as they move on to the middle and high schools. Currently, middle school students are exploring HTML language to develop their own website. They recently wrapped up a unit using Sphero robots in which they created code to move the spheres in certain directions.

The skills acquired in these classes can be implemented beyond the school setting. With increasing opportunities in science and technology-based fields, students are better equipped for potential job opportunities after graduation, Gage noted.

“We believe it is important to introduce these concepts to the younger students because so many jobs are computer based,” Gage said. “By understanding how a computer works, they will be prepared for life outside of school.”

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Christopher Staats, Superintendent
928 Cayuga Street
Hannibal, NY 13074

Phone: 315-564-8100


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