First Posted: 12/15/2014

Children in elementary and middle-school grades who would like to learn more about computer programming are invited to attend a special STEM Saturday at Sem Event to take part in a program titled “Beyond the Hour: Kids Who Code.”

The program will be held from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015 at Wyoming Seminary Lower School, 1560 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort.

It is free and open to the public and no previous experience in coding is required.

This event is designed to introduce or continue the exploration of computer coding begun during the “Hour of Code Challenge” held around the world during the week of Dec. 8-14. Sem students who participated in the Hour of Code explored various coding applications on tablets and laptops through challenges, designing graphics and creating games.

The January event will feature three sessions. The first session, designed for children in grades kindergarten to first grade, will introduce the programming basics through Kodable challenges and Hopscotch animation creations. The second session will be open to children in second through fourth grade and will feature creation of stories, games and apps. Students in fifth through eighth grades are invited to take part in the third session to code in various languages, including JavaScript, that will help them gain a more in-depth understanding of coding.

Local entrepreneur and 2014 Wyoming Seminary graduate Connor Scalleat will offer a short opening presentation for interested parents. He also will visit the various sessions, sharing his experience and enthusiasm for coding with the students. Scalleat, who began programming in 2008, is the founder and CEO of Krate.co, a creative web site and mobile application development company recently featured in The Times Leader and the Times Tribune.

Participants also will be invited to learn about “unplugged” computer science, using the Thinkersmith program and plastic cups to learn about coding. The school’s Robotics Club will have its projects on display as well.

Reservations for this event are required and may be made by logging onto www.wyomingseminary.org.

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