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Madison Elementary Gets $10K Grant For Work On Computer Programming [AUDIO]

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ST. CLOUD – If you’re over the age of 40 there’s a good chance to don’t know what the computer term “code” means. But, that is what the students at Madison Elementary in St. Cloud are learning these days.

The school is part of a nationwide effort called the “Hour of Code” by the organization Code.org.

School Media Specialist Jenny McNew says it was an educational experience for the teachers, as well as the students.

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McNew says they were provided with some simpler programs to get the kids started.

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McNew says they even had kindergarteners and 1st grades working with code.

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McNew says the 4th graders learned about lego robotics, and the 5th graders worked with a company called Stem Fuse of Sartell.

Madison’s effort earned them a $10,000 check from code.org – the only school in Minnesota to win the grant.  They’ll use the money to buy tablet computers.

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