Johnston's Nicholas A. Ferri Middle School wins $10,000 prize


The faculty at Nicholas A. Ferri Middle School has been celebrating a $10,000 prize for computer coding.

According to teachers Alysa Atkin and Kerri Ruggieri, the prize money was awarded “as part of the 10th Hour of Code.”

“Code.org partnered with DonorsChoose to award $1 million to U.S. schools to help more students get access to computer science,” the pair wrote in an email. “Two schools were chosen for each state; one high school and one middle school.”

Cranston High School East won the award as well. Ferri raked in the middle school prize for the Ocean State.

“Since computer science is a newly added class here at Ferri, we knew we wanted to take advantage of this great opportunity,” Atkin and Ruggieri said. “With our application, we stated that we wanted computer science to be available to all students in grades 6-8. Our plans for expanding computer science include using the Code.org curriculum which focuses on problem-solving, web design, game creation, and developing apps.”

The faculty hopes to propel their computer programming classes forward with the newfound funds.

“Not only will we use the Code.org platform, but we are going to purchase coding robots to provide even more ways to express inventive ideas and experience the power of programming,” the teachers said.


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