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Published on Mar 3, 2014
Young computer programmers prepare for SXSWedu
By: Bonnie Gonzalez 03/02/2014 03:25 PM
Eleven-year-old Amber Salazar explains how her game works.
"These are background objects so you don't have to click on them," she said.
Amber created the game herself and is quite proud of her programming skills—something she practices daily in class at East Austin College Prep.
"We're doing video games and coding," she said.
Coding is a series of commands to tell the computer what to do, and it's how these students build games. Amber showed us how it works.
"If you want to put an animal, you put the animal and a number and then the code on it," she said.
The kids will tell you coding is not easy.
"It's kind of like a puzzle sort of, because you have to figure out what goes with what and what works," sixth grader Patricia Garcia said.
But they still enjoy it, as it's teaching them more than just how to build a video game.
"They're learning research skills. They're learning how to communicate effectively, collaborate. They do a lot of team work," academic technology specialist Nyssa Arcos said.
And they're ready to show the rest of the world; the students are scheduled to participate in SXSWedu.
"We'll have some of our students there showcasing their games, and anyone that comes by is welcome to play their fantastic educational web games," Arcos said.
It's proof you don't have to be an adult to be a programmer.
"Kids can do coding and everything that grown ups can do on the computer," Amber said.
Arcos said East Austin College Prep is the only school in the country offering this course, known as Globaloria, to grades six through eight on a daily basis. - See more at: http://austin.twcnews.com/content/new...