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CoderZ Intros Python Course for Middle and High School Students

Education technology company CoderZ has added a new programming course to its suite of coding and robotics products. Python Gym is intended to help students in grades 7-12 gain a basic understanding of object-oriented programming by working on Python programs.

Students operate "Ruby," a virtual robot, within the CoderZ Online Robotics Environment to complete 70 "missions" or self-paced lessons. While going through those, they pick up an understanding of programming concepts such as variables, operators and control flow constructs.

CoderZ Intros Python Course for Middle and High School Students

According to the company, neither students nor their teachers need to have prior programming experience.

"Python is the world's fastest-growing and most popular programming language. It's used by software engineers, analysts, data scientists and machine learning engineers," said Ido Yerushalmi, CEO of CoderZ, in a press release. "Python Gym allows users to learn Python like a professional. They start from the basics and work their way up to complex programming for their own virtual robot."

The program also comes with access to course content: Cyber Robotics 101 and 102. Those are designed to introduce middle school students to the concepts of code development and robotics. The curriculum includes teacher guides, presentations with speaker notes, mission solutions, course progress control and heatmaps and student reports.

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Dian Schaffhauser is a senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal, Campus Technology and Spaces4Learning. She can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @schaffhauser.

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