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Coding is Magic by Violet

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What is the name and purpose of your Gold Award project?
The name of my Gold Award is “Coding is Magic”. My​ ​issue addresses the lack of coding programs for children. My target audience is​ ​elementary to middle school children. I have always thought coding was cool. But, There​ ​were not programs for me to learn how to code until last year. I believe children will benefit if​ ​they are exposed to code at a younger age.

What sustainable impact does your Gold Award project have on the community?
They learned the skill of coding. My project is sustained beyond this project because the students get to keep their projects when they are done. They are able to further improve their web pages after the program. I created a game that they can play and edit with the skills they learned. Or they could try creating a new project using the Javascript skills they learned. All the student will walk away with a basic understanding of HTML, CSS, and Javascript.

What insights/takeaway did you gain from your project?
I learned that problem solving is key. I have become very effective at detecting coding errors. I had to teach slowly and not assume anything. My communications skills through interactions with parents and participants improved. I was able to closely mentor and inspire children. I successfully facilitated activities requiring applications of leadership, mentorship and time management skills.

Anything else you'd like to share?
The most successful aspect of my project was how proud they were. They spend 5-weeks created a website and often messed up. They all hung in there and were so happy when their website was complete. The student all learned how to create a website and the more advanced students created a game. They know how to code and I could not be more pleased.