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Oyster River hosts district-wide Coding and Cocoa event

DURHAM – Students throughout the Oyster River Cooperative School District recently participated in the inaugural Coding and Cocoa event..

Coding and Cocoa, held on Wednesday, Dec. 8, was Oyster River’s first district-wide coding event, with all 1,450 students taking part in a variety of Hour of Code activities and enjoying hot chocolate. While elementary school students have taken part in Hour of Code activities for several years, this week marked the first time that middle and high school students also joined.

Kindergarten student Meadow Mikael takes part in the districtwide coding event, with the help of 12th grader Zoe Boyd via video chat.

High school students ran two live feeds for elementary and middle school students during which they demonstrated 3D printing and robotics. Many older students also volunteered to work help desks, supporting students and staff efforts to debug the programs they built.

Several district parents filmed videos for the event in which they showcased how they use code in their professional lives.

Second-grader Oliver Boutin works with senior Nathan Mendoza to perfect his coding work.

Students and staff earned an Hour of Code certificate and hot chocolate as a reward for their efforts.

“It was great to be able to expand Hour of Code to all of our students and staff, as well as to welcome the contributions of parents who utilize code in their daily lives,” Superintendent Morse said. “Coding is a fundamental skill that all students should have the opportunity to learn, and I’m grateful to everyone who helped make this event possible for our school community.”

Senior Josh Nicols and ninth-grader Olivia Anderson at the hot chocolate table at Oyster River High School.

UNH receives $3.5m to develop innovative STEM programs

DURHAM, N.— Researchers at the University of New Hampshire have received $3.5 million over five years from the U.S. Department of Education to develop a multi-tiered program that will support New Hampshire middle and high schoolers in learning topics related to STEM – science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The program will supply enrichment training to teachers and establish a peer mentoring program for students, focusing largely on English learners, students often underrepresented in the STEM field.

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