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Elementary Students Teach Coding

Student Ray Smith works with a classmates on a coding exercise during Coding Club.
Student Ray Smith (right) works with a classmates on a coding exercise during Coding Club. 
 
This week, 40 students at Mount View Elementary will lead their classmates and school in a one-hour introduction to computer programming, commonly called coding.
 
The students are members of the school's Coding Club. They spend every Thursday afternoon mastering their computer science skills. This week, they will fan out across their school to teach a coding lesson in every classroom.
 
"It’s going to be hard. It’s my first time teaching this to other kids," said sixth-grader Ray Smith. "But I know I can do it because I’ve been practicing."
 
Student Mia Stanley (left) says Coding Club is her favorite after school program.
Student Mia Stanley (left) says Coding Club is her favorite after school program.
 
During the last few weeks of Coding Club, Ray and his fellow coders have been learning about the best ways to teach their peers.
 
"I’m excited because it might inspire them to do coding. I’m going to tell them that they should try it. You don’t just learn, you actually have fun," said sixth-grade student Itzury Montes

Mount View is one of several Highline schools participating in Hour Of Code, an international week-long movement that engages people of all ages and walks of life to learn how to code. 
 
"It’s fun because you really have to focus. Sometimes it gets hard but that’s what makes it fun," said Ray.  
 
Teacher Enrique Mora says he started the club after watching students gain confidence as they learned how to code. He wants to make sure all students have access to computer science. 
 
"I never did coding before. I thought coding would be for smart people but it turns out it’s been pretty easy and fun. When I code I feel smart," said sixth-grade student Mia Stanley. "Seeing coding can help people with their daily lives just makes me want to do it [as a career]."
 
Student Andy Khun practices his teaching skills on Superintendent Susan Enfield. See the fifth-grader teach Dr. Enfield how to code.