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Cracking the code

  • The DubHub is currently hosting a coding club for third, fourth, and fifth graders. The club is currently at full capacity but may offer the club for other children in the future. (Nicholas Handy / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • The DubHub is currently hosting a coding club for third, fourth, and fifth graders. The club is currently at full capacity but may offer the club for other children in the future. (Nicholas Handy / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • The DubHub is currently hosting a coding club for third, fourth, and fifth graders. The club is currently at full capacity but may offer the club for other children in the future. (Nicholas Handy / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • The DubHub is currently hosting a coding club for third, fourth, and fifth graders. The club is currently at full capacity but may offer the club for other children in the future. (Nicholas Handy / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Instructor Dave DeWitt addresses the Monadnock Coding Club on Monday. The club was implemented to teach basic coding and programming skills to elementary school students after school in Dublin.  Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

  • The DubHub is currently hosting a coding club for third, fourth, and fifth graders. The club is currently at full capacity but may offer the club for other children in the future. (Nicholas Handy / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • The DubHub is currently hosting a coding club for third, fourth, and fifth graders. The club is currently at full capacity but may offer the club for other children in the future. (Nicholas Handy / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Instructor Dieter Brehm helps third grader Brooks Curtin during a Monday meeting of the Monadnock Coding Club. The group, currently 11 strong, meets twice a week at the Dublin Community Center in Dublin.  Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

  • The DubHub is currently hosting a coding club for third, fourth, and fifth graders. The club is currently at full capacity but may offer the club for other children in the future. (Nicholas Handy / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Dublin Community Center’s newest club is working to teach big concepts to some of the town’s smallest citizens.

The Monadnock Coding Club has been meeting afterschool on Mondays and Thursdays since the beginning of January, and aims to teach third, fourth, and fifth graders the basics of coding.

“We aim to make these kids comfortable with programming concepts,” said co-instructor/guide Dave DeWitt, a retired community member with extensive computer coding experience. 

“We are teaching them how to think like a programmer,” added co-instructor/guide Dieter Brehm, a recent graduate of Dublin School and Harrisville resident. “We are also teaching some basic concepts, like how to be safe on the internet.”

The club – which is currently at capacity with 11 kids from around town – meets for about an hour a day, mixing various educational videos with lessons from code.org. The website is a non-profit dedicated to expanding computer science access and aims to give every student the opportunity to learn computer science, just like any other school subject. 

DubHub Program Coordinator Volkert Volkersz said third through fifth graders were chosen for the club, as they wanted to foster an interest in a young age group that already had a basic understanding of math and reading. 

Some of the older kids help the younger ones… teamwork is very important,” said Volkersz. 

Typically, students walk through the door around 3:30 p.m. and begin the club with a video or two, ranging in topics from how to be a good digital citizen to what the internet is.

Through code.org, kids in the club utilize block coding programs, which allow them to use predetermined commands to lead an avatar on a path, build snowflakes, and other tasks. After completing an assignment, the program typically asks the programmer to optimize what they did, according to Brehm. 

While this session is full, Volkersz said the DubHub is going to access moving forward whether more slots can be offered. 

The program is currently funded through a few grants, according to Volkertz. The grants have paid for Chromebooks, instructors, and will also help the DubHub to upgrade their internet access.

Nicholas Handy can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or nhandy@ledgertranscript.com. He is also on Twitter @nhandyMLT.