Fremont students try their hands at programming

 
Fremont School District 79 submission
Posted12/1/2017 12:09 PM
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  • Fremont Middle School student Trevor Abbott programs a device during the Code Fusion event at Stevenson High School. The event allowed SHS-bound students to get some hands-on coding experience.

    Fremont Middle School student Trevor Abbott programs a device during the Code Fusion event at Stevenson High School. The event allowed SHS-bound students to get some hands-on coding experience. Courtesy of Fremont School District 79

  • Fremont Middle School student Mariana Villasenor with a robot she programmed during Code Fusion at Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire.

    Fremont Middle School student Mariana Villasenor with a robot she programmed during Code Fusion at Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire. Courtesy of Fremont School District 79

  • Logan Frushour works at solving a task during the Code Fusion program at Stevenson High School.

    Logan Frushour works at solving a task during the Code Fusion program at Stevenson High School. Courtesy of Fremont School District 79

The Stevenson High School-bound students from Fremont Middle School in Mundelein created games and manipulated circuit boards so that buzzers sounded, among other tasks, during the recent Code Fusion program.

Stevenson teachers developed two hours of coding experience for students heading to their high school next year.

Before students sign up for high school classes after winter break, teachers wanted them to gain firsthand experience of nontraditional classes that show students how coding can be integrated into engineering, web development, and game development fields, said computer science teacher David Gumminger.

During Code Fusion, students participated in hands-on sessions that involved the basics of computer programming, computer graphics, Web page design, robotic control systems, development with microprocessor systems, and game design.

"These are the kind of math classes Stevenson offers. Students worked on real-world problems using logical thinking and following the steps to solve an equation," said Doug Knox, eighth-grade math teacher.

Eighth-grader Avia Reza found the field trip very valuable.

"It showed me how coding affects robots and machinery," she said. "I also got to see whether I enjoyed coding a game over coding a robot."

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