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Big Sky after-school program to put knowledge of coding into action

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As the world of technology quickly advances, it's more important than ever for students to learn the value of science and technology education.

That's why one after-school program at Big Sky Elementary is the recipient of this week's One Class at a Time grant.

Corrie Douglas and Tamara Spillum run a bi-monthly after-school program that teaches students about the language of computer coding.

With the $300 from Q2 and First Interstate Bank, the teachers plan to purchase robotics and electronics kits that are designed to teach students how to put their coding skills to work.

Douglas and Spillum hope the fun, hands-on experience will help spark an interest and appreciation for one of the fastest growing industries in the tech world.

"We love science and we are very hands on with it, both of us in our classrooms," Douglas said. "We just see the enjoyment and the thrill and the enthusiasm. Kids are always coming up in the halls saying, 'When do we get to do coding next? And when do we get to play with the robotics?' and it's just that thrill."

If you know of a teacher with a great classroom idea that needs some help turning that idea into a reality, please let us know.

The application can be found here.

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