Teacher encourages students to learn more coding

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BURLEY, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) - Dec. 4 to 10 is Computer Science Education Week and a teacher at Burley Junior High wants students to learn more coding.

During the week, there is an "Hour of Code" where code.org has a one-hour introduction to computer science and coding. Although the hour is celebrated in the week, the program can be done any time of the year.

This is the first school year where the school fully uses the Computer Sciences Discovery program.

Kaywin Cottle, a teacher at the junior high school, said 800 teachers over the summer went to Arizona to prepare for the implementation.

"They're learning to do block coding for animations, building their own applications," she explained.

She said there is a shortage in the field for computer science, specifically for coding.

"A lot of people think that they can't do it, but we're showing them here at the junior high that coding is just problem solving," she said.

Student Norma Nava who takes the computer class thought she wasn't able to do it at first.

"I like it, because it's actually really simple. I thought it was going to be hard," Norma said.

Cottle said coding is everywhere, from computers to cars and TV shows.

"Everything is impacted by coding, and more and more students need to learn the language of computers," she continued. "They are the ones that are the creators, and they are the ones that are in control."

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