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Wyoming Seminary STEM Program to offer Saturday coding event

Children in grades kindergarten through eighth who would like to learn more about computer programming are invited to attend a special STEM Saturday at Sem Event to take part in a program titled "Beyond the Hour: Kids Who Code." The program will be held on Saturday, January 19, 2019 at Wyoming Seminary Lower School, 1560 Wyoming Avenue, Forty Fort.

The event will begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at 11:00 a.m. and is free and open to the public, but registration is required and space is limited. For more information on the STEM Saturday at Sem event or to register online, visit www.wyomingseminary.org/academics/STEM.

No previous experience in coding is required.

This event is designed to introduce or continue the exploration of computer coding begun during the "Hour of Code Challenge" held around the world during the week of December 3-9, 2018. Sem students have been participating in the Hour of Code since its inception in 2013, building coding skills using tablets, laptops and robots. Hands-on "unplugged" coding challenge activities also have been a part of coding instruction at Sem.

The January event will feature four sessions. The first session, designed for children in grades kindergarten and first grade, will introduce the programming basics through iPad apps and tangible coding pieces. The second session will be open to children in second and third grade and will include unplugged coding and coding using the Lightbot iPad app. Students in fourth and fifth grades will build coding skills using the unique Apple Swift Playgrounds app and small robots. Fourth session students in sixth through eighth grades will do higher level coding that will help them gain more in-depth understanding of coding used in high school and college courses.

This STEM Saturday at Sem event is an aspect of the STEM School's programming which includes a variety of programmatic and curricular sections at both the Upper and Lower Schools. Lower School students explore STEM themes in their science classes. Upper School students participate in a ninth-grade foundational science course and are offered a variety of STEM electives. Public lectures and workshops on issues related to science, technology, engineering and math are part of the Louis Maslow STEM School and are open to the community.

The Louis Maslow STEM School at Wyoming Seminary seeks to engage and inspire students interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics through holistic and integrated paths of study. Students in the program will be prepared for collegiate study and able to respond to rapidly changing global challenges and advances in technology in today's world.