Angry Birds Helping Students Learn Computer Coding

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Educators at a Midlands school are using a popular video game to teach their students computer science.

Students at Ballentine Elementary School are playing a special version of Angry Birds created by code.org to learn the basics of computer coding.

“Sometimes it gets harder like when you move up a level you might think oh I’m really good at this, but it gets harder,” Fourth grader Gabriella Stocker explained with a smile.

Stocker and the rest of her classmates are guiding the angry bird through a maze to get to the pig with the stolen eggs by choosing and listing out directions for the bird to follow.

The directions are similar to what computer programmers use to create software and websites.

“They don’t have any fear, and they just jump right in, they get something wrong they try it again and they keep moving so I love that part about it,” Sabrina Martin said.

It’s that kind of drive and excitement that their computer lab instructors Sabrina Martin and John Kawamoto love to see.

Teachers say that the students are learning skills they can use for the rest of their lives.

“The important thing in our mind is that they learn the ways of thinking that will take them into the 21st century, problem-solving, logical thinking, learning persistence, and the pursuit of a goal,” Kawamoto added.

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