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Tools for Schools’ coding connection

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SPARTA, Wis. (WXOW) - While schools deal with the challenges of distance learning, the Tools for Schools Award is bringing those at Sparta's Innovations STEM Academy together in a virtual setting.

Along with SSE Music, Brenengen Auto, Dependable Solutions and River Bank, WXOW virtually presented Teresa Lakowske, her fellow teachers and some students the $1,000 grant to go toward a new coding application called a "Turing Tumble." While the project features hands-on learning using marbles to teach code-writing language, it's part of a wide-range of skills the academy teaches in a way that's fun for both teachers and students.

“In traditional school you wouldn't focus on STEM,” said student Ava Erickson. “It's fun to get to do other stuff that you normally wouldn't do."

Lakowske added, "When we do coding opportunities or receive something like this it helps us give them skills like reasoning and logic and patterning and problem solving. Regardless of what a student chooses for a career path, those skills are going to be vital to any path they choose in life."

And another of Lakowske's students said he can already see ways to use this sort of technology in biology, a field of study he wants to pursue.

"if you're doing stuff with water, you can use code to move your rover around in the lake," said Brodie Schamens.

Thanks to SSE Music, Brenengen Auto, Dependable Solutions and River Bank for their support of the Tools for Schools program. Teachers can always apply by going to the Tools for Schools page by clicking here.

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