Current Blend expands coding program for girls

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HUNTINGBURG — Current Blend, a co-working space in Huntingburg, is expanding its Blended Coders program thanks to a $10,000 grant from the Dubois County Community Foundation and the Regional Opportunities Initiative.

Launched a year ago, Blended Coders is designed for middle school female students to learn the basics of coding through curriculum delivered by trained volunteers. The expanded program, Blended coders 2.0, will begin in spring 2018, and will include robotics curriculum in addition to coding.

The grant enables Current Blend to attain Lego Mindstorms and littleBits robotics kits for use in the course. Additionally, dollars are allocated for proper storage and volunteer training to help make the program sustainable for three to five years until the technology must be upgraded. 

The initial class of Blended Coders 2.0 will include students from Southridge Middle School. By the 2018-19 school year, plans are being made for girls from all Dubois County school districts to attend the course.

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