Twenty fourth-grade students at Algonkian Elementary School in Sterling worked with representatives from infrastructure management company Rhythmic Technologies for its first Code Club program, which ran for six weeks and concluded Dec. 6.
Rhythmic employees helped the children develop STEM skills by using Code Kits provided by New York-based education startup littleBits. Through the program — which is part of Rhythmic's community outreach efforts — the students gained an understanding of computer science and the basics of coding.
“As professionals in the technology industry, we’re delighted to share our work and experience with students so that they might envision themselves pursuing a career in technology,” Rhythmic Technologies Technical Communications Manager Ashleigh Daniluk said in a prepared statement. “The team is leveraging the littleBits curriculum resources which significantly reduced our planning time and made the coding experience fun and engaging for the students."
Based on the pilot program's success, Rhythmic hopes to replicate the Code Club initiative and continue to expand to other schools in the future.
Rhythmic Technologies designs, implements and operates infrastructure for custom applications, many of which are built through Amazon Web Services.