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Students at Davidson Middle School learn to code

Students at Davidson Middle School learn to code . (Source: WEAR-TV)

This fall, WEAR along with Hill-Kelly Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram are "Paying it Forward to Education". Teachers submit their creative ideas to win $500 for their classrooms.

This week we introduce you to a teacher at Davidson Middle school in Crestview sparking a love for STEM.

When many of us were growing up, the only language we learned at school was a foreign one. Now it's critical for student to learn a digital language: Code

Davidson Middle School STEM teacher, Tim Sexton, said, "It's important for them to learn this type of language because computers are everywhere."

Sexton wanted to make it more hands on, where kids are able to see and touch what they just coded. Thanks to Hill-Kelly Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram he was able to do that.

The dealership gave him $500 and he bought microbits.

He said, "I was able to purchase microbits which is another hands on learning tool for students who are coding. That way they can see it go from computer to an actual item and see if it actually works."

The students enter the code into the computer and then what they code then appears on the microbit.

8th grader, Alan Price said, "You can command it to shake and when you do it , it can pop up a word, emoji anything you want."

The kids make their microbits have smiley faces and spell words.

Sexton feels it's critical for the future. He hopes the microbits get them excited to use their computing creativity on a whole new level.

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