Coding exposure: 900 students develop their first programs at App Day


Inside the gymnasium on Friday at Rainier Beach High School was a scene best described as organized chaos.

While DJ Midnight Mike blasted out today’s hottest tunes, a big group had formed a circle for an impromptu dance competition. Minutes later, a handful of nervous students took the microphone and spoke about their just-developed applications — some even walked away winning an Xbox One console or a Google Nexus tablet. During it all, several hundred others were heads down with their computer science 101 handbooks, trying to finish creating their own Flappy Bird games.

Who knew coding could be so cool.


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