Teaching students how to code at Middleton High School

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Lori Hunt, a computer science teacher at Middleton High School, received a $240 grant to fund student participation in a programming competition.

“We had 20 students travel to Marquette University in Milwaukee to participate in a programming competition,” Hunt says.

The experience inspired students to start a competition of their own.

“The students who participated decided to start a computer science club at MHS, where they are planning on hosting programming competitions of our own after the AP tests are over,” Hunt explains. “They plan on using the same software they saw at the competition and creating multiple levels for students in a variety of programming classes. This will be a fun way for my students to participate in a competition without having to travel.”

The competitive aspect was not the only appealing part for her students.

“The students learned a lot about different coding techniques,” she adds. “They were also able to network with other students from around the state, and with MU professors and students.”

She says the grant was especially helpful for students who otherwise could not have participated due to financial or physical disabilities.

“The money provided by this grant made it possible for students to do something that inspired them and resulted in higher self-efficacy and sociability,” Hunt adds. “I can’t thank the Foundation enough for making this happen!”

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