Merrick Avenue Coding Students Present at Tech Conference

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Merrick Avenue Middle School teacher Dan Stiglitz and 10 of his seventh-grade coding students recently presented their work on the OYOclass learning platform to technology educators and professionals across Long Island at the Technology ASSET Conference.

“The Merrick Avenue students and Mr. Stiglitz did an outstanding job representing the work and accomplishments completed by seventh-graders in our new District Coding Curriculum that was developed with our partner organization kidOYO,” said Robert Soel, science chair STEM chair. 

Each of the seventh-graders who presented was awarded a full tuition scholarship for one week of coding summer camp @kid_OYO this summer.

“Since our kidOYO partnership began and the District Creative Coding curriculum was implemented this fall, our district seventh-graders have earned over 5,000 electronic badges and completed over 6,000 coding challenges in their personal digital portfolios,” added Soel. “Within the coding curriculum and on the OYOclass learning community, our students have interacted with their classmates, technology teachers and 35 professional computer science mentors in the kidOYO network.”

 All of the seventh-graders who have taken coding in the fall are now enrolled in the new seventh-grade Entrepreneurship elective this spring, where they may leverage their new coding skills creating their own apps and games in a virtual business.