Looking back at 2015

January 12, 2016 by wendy


Students at David Livingstone coding their Scratch islands
Students at David Livingstone coding their Scratch islands

When we started offering Coding for Kids this past September, we didn’t know what to expect. Would teachers and students want to learn about coding in the classroom? It turns out that the answer is yes! And we’re so grateful for the support we’ve had from educators, community organizations, students, and parents. We thank you!

Coding for Kids in the classroom

Since September, we’ve visited 8 elementary school classrooms across Metro Vancouver, including:

  • John Norquay Elementary
  • Tomekichi Homma Elementary
  • Surrey Academy of Innovative Learning at Brookside Elementary
  • David Livingstone Elementary
  • William F. Davidson Elementary
  • Dr. F.D. Sinclair Elementary
  • George T. Cunningham Elementary

That’s 238 students, 50 coding sessions, and up to 72 hours of coding!

Hour of Code in the community

Hour of Code at Richmond Public Library
Hour of Code at Richmond Public Library

We also partnered with Richmond Public Library and Surrey Schools Community Schools Partnership to provide free after school workshops. We held 3 weeks of the Hour of Code where students tried different coding puzzles, tutorials, and projects. For many, it was their first hands-on coding experience.

What we learned

Students at Dr. F.D. Sinclair coding in Scratch
Students at Dr. F.D. Sinclair coding in Scratch

Students enjoy using code to express their creativity. They love designing personal projects and sharing their creations with others. They understand that coding allows them to communicate, and when their code doesn’t do what they want, they “keep trying and never give up”.

Students were engaged and excited with the program. Wendy and Sean gave them just enough information with each session to push their understanding and skills using Scratch. They continue to be excited and are ready to take what they’ve learned to create more.

Ms. Scott, Grade 4/5 Teacher

Teachers love that the program allows students to “express their creativity in a positive and engaging way” as well as “work at their own pace and to their potential”. In particular, students who struggle academically or are new to English are still able to participate, follow along, and create amazing projects.

The Coding for Kids Program was an incredible experience for my Grade 5’s and 6’s. There are several needy students in my class, both academically and emotionally, and this program allowed them to enjoy success at different levels. I have an ESL student that would barely function in the classroom, but when introduced to this program, was able to create an elaborate project which was enjoyed by the whole class

Mr. Lam, Grade 5/6 Teacher

Looking forward to 2016

For the remainder of the 2015 to 2016 school year, we’re excited to be returning to Homma and Cunningham Elementary, and to be visiting:

  • R.C. Talmey Elementary
  • Twelfth Avenue Elementary
  • Walnut Road Elementary
  • Saint Pius X Elementary
  • Maillard Middle School
  • William Cook Elementary
  • South Park Elementary

That’s 80 more sessions and over 100 more hours of coding!

In the community, we’ll be partnering with New Westminster Public Library and Burnaby Public Library in addition to our existing partnerships with Richmond Public Library and Surrey Schools Community Schools Partnership to provide free after school workshops. Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get the latest news!

On behalf of everyone at Marshmallow Coding, thank you for supporting our cause and helping us to give every child the opportunity to learn how to code!