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Lincoln residents had the chance to attend the first in-person Hour of Code event since 2019

LINCOLN, Nebraska – It was the first in-person Hour of Code event held at Lincoln since 2019, and judging by the amount of interested squints and smiles, it was clear that Lincoln’s pupils have been ready to get back to it.

Tatum Placke, who is interested in coding and is 9 years old, stated, “I enjoy it here.” “This place is amazing at the moment.”

There were others who shared that sentiment with Placke.

A young fan of coding named Ezekiel Olson, who is only 8 years old, claimed that his favorite part is “like touching things and coding them.”

The walls of the conference room of the Nebraska Innovation Campus were lined with perhaps a dozen tables. Young people in elementary and middle school were given an introduction to the field of computer science by representatives from a variety of local organizations, including the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and Lincoln Public Schools.

According to Kate Engel, director of strategic relationship and media for Nebraska Innovation Campus, “This is a terrific chance for students and adults to learn about coding and all of the opportunities that come with computer science education and coding.”

More than 600 individuals signed up to attend the event, which took place from nine in the morning to noon and was open to the general public at no cost. Students received instruction in coding on the first floor, and the second floor was packed with activities designed to establish an appreciation for the value of computer science in the minds of future generations.

According to Matt Rinne, who teaches computer science to students in grades K-5 at LPS, “When you’re starting, you get that head start.” “You can learn the basics, and then everything can kind of grow off of that, and you can really set yourself up for success in the future if you do that,”

Some of the booths displayed examples of projects that were created by the use of real-life coding. One such example was the UNL Aerospace Club’s Lunabotics ship, which was constructed for a competition that replicates excavating on the surface of the moon.

According to Angeline Luther, a junior at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and the leader of the Lunabotics team, “Their faces will light up when they see how a robot can move and it’s cool because, I don’t know, I didn’t see anything like this when I was a kid.” “And just them knowing at this age that these are things that they are capable of doing,”

It is a place where children of varying interests can feel like they belong. When it comes to coding, Tatum, who falls somewhere on the autism spectrum, has stated that she enjoys thinking creatively outside the box.

Placke mumbled something along the lines of, “Oh, maybe I produced an issue right here or a problem right here.” “It aides me in the process of debugging a minor bug. I get a premonition about it happening, and my first thought is, “Oh terrible, this may turn out badly.”

The Week of Computer Science Education begins on Monday and continues through Friday.

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