Approximately 300 students in Kindergarten through Grade 12 participated in the fourth annual Ephrata Area School District Coding Contest this year. Students worked after school in small groups to create projects that demonstrated the use of code, which were reviewed by a panel of District administrators, teachers, School Board members, and community leaders.
Kindergarten – Grade 2
- 1st place (TIE)
- Lucynda Berkey, Rylan Lapp, and Cole McAnany (Highland)
- Jubilee Mertz and Daisy Musser (Highland)
- 2nd place: Zachary Stonebraker and Brylee McGarvey (Highland)
- 3rd place: Kingston Fischbach and Bryce Thomas (Fulton)
- 1st place: Zion Kapp and Maliha Martin (Clay)
- 2nd place: Cooper Simes and Reece Wilson (Highland)
- 3rd place: Ian Goehrig, Christopher Kohler, and Brendan Morrell (Akron and Clay)
- 1st place: Anastasia Lehman and Sarah Taylor (Grade 6)
- 2nd place: Ethan Garman, Landry Weidner, and Todd Weist (Grade 5)
- 3rd place: Joshua Muhr and Wesley Jones (Grade 6)
- 1st place: Nathan Brubaker, Moses Kapp, and Theodore Smith (Grade 7)
- 2nd place: Clay Sholes, Micah Neff, and Collin Jones (Grade 8)
- 3rd place: Lillian Sharpe and Kyle Swenson (Grade 8)
A signature project supported by the Ephrata Area Education Foundation, the Coding Contest was introduced to District students in Kindergarten through Grade 8 in 2016. It received very positive feedback, which created the desire to grow the event in 2017. The District has provided students coding education, including participation in the global Hour of Code since 2013. Coding activities include creating computer games, programming applications, building robots, and much more.
Why encourage children to code? Predictions are that computer science jobs already significantly surpass the number of individuals qualified for these positions. “Almost every machine we interact with now is built
with code. Our children need to learn how machines work to be best prepared for the future. Plus, computer science is a top-paying college degree, and computer programming jobs are growing at twice the national average,” stated Dan Mahlandt, District Coordinator of Virtual Education.