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At a glance:

¯ Learning to Code training will be held starting Thursday.

¯ The virtual classes are for students grades 5-12.

¯ The training will last six weeks.

¯ Training is held at no cost through the OSU Extension.

Source: OSU Extension, Washington County.

Youths will be given the opportunity to learn to create digital animation through classes at the Washington County Extension.

The weekly virtual sessions begin Thursday and the extension will have meeting space, iPads and internet service available for attendees, said Bruce Zimmer, extension educator, 4-H youth development, OSU Extension, Washington County.

The sessions will be offered in-person at the extension office, 202 Davis Ave., Marietta, from 7-8 p.m. for six consecutive Thursdays.

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Question: Is there a cost involved?

Zimmer: This is a free class provided by OSU Extension and there is no fee.

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Q: Is this available for only 4-Hers, or is it open to the public?

Z: The six-session class is open to all youth in grades 5-12.

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Q: What coding skills will they learn through the classes?

Z: Students will be introduced to computer science and careers. Each week, the participants will learn new coding skills and have the opportunity to practice them in between sessions.

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Q: What coding language will they learn?

Z: Scratch, which is a block-based language teaching loops, functions, variables, and conditionals. At the end of the training, the goal is to create some type of animation.

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Q: Has this training been available before?

Z: This will be the first class using Scratch. Previous coding classes offered by the trainers were P5.JS, App Creation with Thunkable, and CS Unplugged.

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Q: If a student signs up, are they required to attend all classes?

Z: There are only six-sessions and each class builds the next so it is best if the youth attend all the classes. Participants in grades 5-12 will need access to an iPad and internet. If participants don’t have access to this technology, OSU Extension will be offering in-person sessions at the Extension Office, 202 Davis Ave, Marietta.

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Q: Which organization is the training through?

Z: Washington County Extension is partnering with OSU Extension in Marion County and Vermont Extension will be offering the online class.

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Q: How can someone register for the classes:

Z: Here are two options for youth to register for the classes .Youth can register to attend the in-person class at the extension office at https://go.osu.edu/4hcoding. Youth planning to attend the online session can register at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/4HWorldChangers.

Michele Newbanks can be reached at mnewbanks@mariettatimes.com.

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