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Metro elementary students learn coding in class

Posted at 4:48 PM, Dec 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-09 09:05:02-05

Across the globe, organizations and educators are encouraging more "screen time" for students.

Behind every web page, social media site and apps, each have one thing in common: coding.

Which is what exactly?

“Well, it means you're kind of programming a character on what to do, when to do it and how to do it,” said Margaret Hiatt, a fourth grader at St. Pius X St. Leo School.

Think of it, as a language which dictates how an app, website or game should look and perform.  

The fourth grader students, who are in a computer lab for "Hour of Code" -  a global movement that encourages children to study computer science by coding for at least an hour - make it look so easy as this craze grows.

You're coding with millions of kids around the world, Terri Preston says during the lab, who is the technology teacher at the school.

At this school, you're never too young to code.

“I actually start coding with kindergartners,” Preston says.

That's why when Tommy Novotny says he's been coding for years - he doesn't blink as he shows what he can do during a Minecraft tutorial.

As this class shows, coding isn't the future. It's the present.

"They're growing up in a world that's based in technology", Preston says."We just them to start understanding immediately how those things will work,”