On Friday, December 15, CapTech Manager Frankie Cleary spent the day at Hanna Ashton and Balton Road Middle Schools just outside of Columbus, OH to help teach students about programming. Over the course of the day, Frankie taught 6 classes on topics ranging from algorithms to object oriented programming. He also educated the kids on block programming using a Sphero SPRK+ Robot. The students enjoyed the lesson and got a chance to ask questions and drive the robot at the end of the presentation.
Cleary says of the event, "When I was in grade school, I thought 'code' was something foreign and cryptic, I would have never thought it was something I could learn to do, let alone at a young age. Today there's a whole world of development and learning tools out there that enable kids to quickly build creative things and interact with the digital world around them. However, a lot of kids aren't aware of that. That's why I wanted to show these students what those tools are, how to access them, and how to apply concepts they already know. The reality is that everything they need to get started is usually already close at hand."