December 9, 2023
Auburn-Washburn USD 437 fourth-graders Nora Wilk, Maddox Meier, Aryan Bobberla and Praneetha Bobba race Sphero BOLT programmable robots at Washburn Rural High School on Tuesday evening as part of the school's Computer Science Honor Society Coding Carnival.

Binary by plastic fish. Programmed instructions by blindfold.

It was an unconventional way to teach the young Auburn-Washburn USD 437 students about the basics of computer science.

But then again, there’s nothing too conventional about computer science kids to begin with, said Haley Schmitz.

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Schmitz is Washburn Rural High School’s computer science teacher and adviser to its Computer Science Honor Society, which she said is a ragtag group of nine high schoolers interested in potentially pursuing careers in the subject.

The group held its first ever Coding Carnival on Tuesday evening to help celebrate Computer Science Education Week and introduce more young children to the various and interesting concepts and applications of computer science in everyday life.


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