Coding’s Creative Side at Miller Avenue!

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Students in Miller Avenue School took part in the recent worldwide initiative Hour of Code and learned to develop rhythm, melody and harmony skills on several coding applications with music teacher Ms. Cara Brown. Kindergarten students have been learning how to play and program a Skoog cube, a soft, electronic musical instrument where they create their own vocal percussion sounds, as well as utilize shaker instruments to create samples, which they then play and combine into a final recorded performance. First graders had a fun experience when they were introduced to Scratch coding through the ScratchJr app, an introductory programming language that enables them to create their own interactive stories and games. By snapping together graphical programming blocks, they were able to make their characters move, jump, dance and sing. Second graders are utilizing Coding Jam to learn new skills, such as loops and subroutines, and creating original songs that they can share with the Coding Jam community.