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Dubuque school advocates computer coding for kids

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Students at Dubuque's Carver Elementary School taught Mayor Roy Buol a thing or two about computer programming at a ceremony Wednesday morning as part of Computer Science Week.

Each of Carver Elementary's 600 students are spending one hour this week learning the basics of coding, part of a larger national push through Code.org to expose more kids to computer programming.

Carver technology coach and teacher Donna Schmitt said teaching kids coding at a young age could have broader, positive impacts.

"I agree with the co-founders of this initiative that if you can reach them at an early age, get them excited and get them to think logically and explain their thinking and their creative problem-solving, it will be great for us as a country," Schmitt said.

Carver Elementary won $10,000 from Code.org, the organization behind the national effort. It's dedicated to teaching kids about computer programming and getting more computer science courses into schools.

Special guests at Wednesday's ceremony included the mayors of Dubuque and Asbury, as well as a representative from Microsoft and one from Gov. Terry Branstad's STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Advisory Council.

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