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Coding Exploration Day Offers New Experiences

SKANEATELES, NY (December 21, 2017) – Several Skaneateles Middle School 6th grade students took part in Coding Exploration Day on Tuesday, a field trip offering insight into new programming technology.


Accompanied by Heather Buff, Paul Blair, Kelly Gunderson, and Scott Stagnitta of the Skaneateles Central School District, students began their day in the middle school library investigating the Apple Swift program.


Apple Swift is a general-purpose, multi-paradigm, compiled programming language developed by Apple for iOS, macOS, watchOS, tvOS, and Linux.


Following that investigation, students boarded a bus for Destiny USA to explore the Microsoft technologies available at the Microsoft Store. Once there, the group took part in a class on the TouchDevelop program.


TouchDevelop is a novel programming environment that runs on iPad, iPhone, Android, PC, Mac, and Windows Phone.  TouchDevelop can be used in the classroom to teach programming concepts, and is ideal for classes on Mobile Computing.


After their day of exploration, students enjoyed a lunch at Johnny Rocket’s. 


Upon returning to school, the students filled out a survey and engaged in a discussion about the strengths and weaknesses of each coding program.  The knowledge gained will help guide the district as they move forward with planning for computer science education.


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Eric Knuth
45 East Elizabeth Street
Skaneateles, NY 13152