Congressman Ratcliffe delivers Google CS First Roadshow to Morriss Elementary

TEXARKANA — Students at Martha and Josh Morriss Math and Engineering Elementary School received a taste of computer science from the biggest name in the industry Wednesday afternoon, and all thanks to their local Congressman.

U.S. House Representative John Ratcliffe visited the elementary school along with Google employees to deliver an hour-long presentation on teaching students problem solving and technical coding skills through a series of interactive activities.

Congressman Ratcliffe even helped out his young constituents with the activities.

“I’m grateful for Google’s efforts to help promote STEM education across the country through the CS First Roadshow. Beyond teaching key coding basics, this program highlights the incredible job opportunities that become available to folks who choose to pursue a career in this rapidly expanding line of work.”

The students helped the Google CS team create a story using computer code. The project was a rudimentary story about a wave rocking a boat, complete with sound effects of crashing waves. The students worked with the CS team and problem-solved the program to make the wave story run correctly.

“Kids are exposed to technology at such an early age, but don’t necessarily get to learn about why computer science should be an important part of their lives — both now and in the future,” said Alex Sanchez, a Google spokesperson. “We want the next generation of students to be able to create technology, not just consume it.”

The goal of the presentation is to encourage students to develop an interest in computer science education and, “grow beyond their problem solving and technical coding skills,” said the event’s press release.

For more information on CS First, visit http://www.cs-first.com

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