Elementary school students are learning about the art of computer coding.
Windsor Park Elementary School is the only school in the Corpus Christi Independent School District that has a computer science class and teaches computer coding to elementary grade level students. Students from first to sixth grade can take part in the classes. Computer coding is a set of instructions that form a computer program. The program helps students become critical thinkers and team players.
“What they are learning is things they are going to learn not until high school or even college. They are learning different programming languages, computational thinking which isn’t something you are going to find on a standardized test,” said technology teacher Gary Henicke.
The school has had a computer science team for at least five years. This year, students in the class are taking part in two competitions and are currently tied for second place as a third, fourth and fifth-grade combined team. The school’s fourth and fifth-grade team is currently in first place nationally.