By WFSD News Published: November 04 2015
A group of approximately 20 William Floyd Middle School students have been enjoying Code Club, a weekly after-school program sponsored by the Mastics-Moriches-Shirley Community Library …
Members of the William Floyd Middle School Code Club.
Moriches, NY – November 3, 2015 - A group of approximately 20 William Floyd Middle School students have been enjoying Code Club, a weekly after-school program sponsored by the Mastics-Moriches-Shirley Community Library (MMSCL), which gives students the opportunity to learn about the many facets of computer software – how it is created, maintained and serves as an integral part of our everyday lives.
Now in its third year under School Media Specialist Julia Hannibal, William Floyd Middle School, and Lorraine Squires, Head of Teen Services, MMSCL, Code Club uses online learning tools such as Google CS First, Khan Academy, Hour of Code, Alice and others for content. Librarians work with students so that they can master the basics, then go on to mentor their peers and explore more advanced projects.
Additionally, Eastern Suffolk BOCES provided William Floyd Middle School with a 3D printer on loan for two weeks, enabling students to get an up-close view of this high-tech equipment, learn how it works and see it in action. Ms. Hannibal has been using it in her Tuesday and Wednesday Code Club. They will use schematics from the Internet to print a phone case and raffle it off to club members. The 3D printer will also be demonstrated in all of the school’s technology classes.In addition to gaining hands-on experience creating video games, apps and websites, they also learn about career paths and educational requirements for programming and coding careers, and become empowered to explore online and real-life learning opportunities.
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