Becoming Fluent in KidOYO

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Shore Road School sixth-grade students are taking their programming skills to the next level by learning the popular coding program KidOYO. Under the direction of library media specialist Mary Willis, the students have been participating in drawing challenges by Hatch.

The students first learned to code a picture of a square and other basic geometric shapes, which taught sequential movement skills and code direction. As they progressed to the coding of a hexagon and octagon, the students learned looping, which is a repeated block that isolates commands to make a shape. More advanced skills include the ability of the students to clone a sprite, which is a two-dimensional image independently manipulated within a larger image environment, such as leaves falling off of a tree.  

Ms. Willis said that though some of the students find coding challenging, the students are significantly advancing in their computer coding skills through this fun-filled program.