A pilot program to introduce computer programming languages to elementary school students recently completed a 6 week program at Robson School. The program was the initiative of the Castlegar & District Economic Development and the Chamber of Commerce. Approximately a half dozen students were in the after school program that was taught by area resident, volunteer and new Selkirk College web design instructor Matt Potter.
In the pilot program students were exposed to Scratch and Raspberry Pi programming languages and made games and virtual musical bands. The Economic Development office hopes to continue the program in the Fall Semester, with the addition of robots that can be programmed and to find volunteers to run similar programs at Twin Rivers and Kinnaird Elementary as well.