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Students click over computers

Kindergarteners Brielle Lusty left) and Sophia Kramer play with a robot controlled by seventh-graders Gabe Connell (middle) and Jack Boch during Hour of Code on Dec. 7. (Al Edenloff / Osakis Review)1 / 7
Carter Grove (right), an 11th-grader, helps sixth-grader Micah Soderholm with a computer program in the school's business lab. (Al Edenloff / Osakis Review)2 / 7
Students (left to right) Wyatt Nielsen, Maddie Johanson, Ryan Milhausen (back), Trenton VanNyhausen and Levi Middendorf look at a laptop in the Osakis school gym. (Al Edenloff / Osakis Review) 3 / 7
Stan Moore, Osakis Public Schools tech integration specialist, talks to students about computer science. (Al Edenloff / Osakis Review) 4 / 7
Senior Brandon Boogaard (middle) interacts with sixth-graders Ava Holmquist and Noah Bearson in the science wing during the Hour of Code event. (Al Edenloff / Osakis Review) 5 / 7
Students in the Osakis High School band room and band director Randy Resley (standing) watch Paul Hartmann program a computer to play musical notes. (Al Edenloff / Osakis Review) 6 / 7
Fourth-graders Cody Schablin (left) and Chris Harstad watch sophomore Austin Malvin make a Google logo during Hour of Code. (Al Edenloff / Osakis Review) 7 / 7

It was hard to tell what was clicking better at Osakis Public Schools on Friday morning, Dec. 7 — the students keying in information on their laptops or the older students connecting with younger ones over computer coding.

The "Hour of Code" event, held during Computer Science Week, was organized by technology integration specialist, Stan Moore.

Students learned how to control robots and drones, and enter computer codes to achieve a goal. One game, for instance, challenged students to write a program that would enable a dog on their computer screen to navigate through a course.

All students, from kindergarten on up to seniors, participated in Hour of Code. The students were paired up with the older grades mentoring younger students at different stations throughout the school.

Moore said the goal of the event was to give continued awareness to computer science and its importance in people's daily lives.

Al Edenloff

Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  

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