FIS students ‘had the inspiration’ to contribute
Turns out, as of last week, more than 1,000 students in the Knoxville area can do just that.
Select Knox County Schools’ students, including pupils at Farragut Intermediate, Northshore Elementary and Farragut Primary, along with students from Oak Ridge City Schools and several private schools, helped break the world record for simultaneous coding last Wednesday, Nov. 8.
About 1,050 students from the various campuses were confirmed to have participated in the 30-minute exercise using an MIT program known as “Scratch.”
That number broke the previous record of 1,000 students learning code, according to Theresa Nixon, director of Educational Technology & Library Services for Knox County Schools.
The event had been in the planning stages since at least April, Nixon said in an e-mail, as she explained how Knoxvillians Brandon Bruce, COO of Cirrus Insight and Caleb Fristoe, manager of CodeTN, brought the idea to the school system.