Learning to code offers valuable educational, workplace benefits

code-classBilly Harkins, 11, is one of roughly 100 fifth- and sixth-grade students staying late after school in the computer labs. He’s not in trouble. He’s not staying for sports. He’s staying to learn a new language, one that many adults don’t even know.

He’s learning to write computer code.

Cypress Grove Intermediate and Oakwood Intermediate are two College Station ISD schools testing out coding clubs to teach their students how to write code through educational coding websites such as Codeacademy.com and Code.org.

Harkins and his best friend, Jerimiah Stoddart, have been attending the Cypress Grove club since the beginning of the year. The two sixth-graders are learning the basics of HTML and CSS and are hoping to move onto JavaScript.

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