“This is awesome!”


“I got that on my first try!”


“This is so cool!”


“I’m going to try this at home!”


These are just a few of the exclamations overheard on the Nextech mobile coding bus as it hosted Indianapolis Public Schools students throughout the week. The bus brought Nextech’s popular #HourofCode session, an introduction to computer science through coding games, to expose students to the possibilities of a future in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields.


Nextech hit the road in celebration of Computer Science Week, which kicked off at the Indiana Statehouse Monday with the help of students from Arsenal Technical High School. IPS stops throughout the week included Floro Torrence School 83, Rousseau McClellan School 91, George Buck School 94, Lew Wallace School 107, Stephen Foster School 67, George Julian School 57, and George Washington Community High School.


At each stop, students boarded the Nextech mobile computing lab, which was equipped with a stock of iPads connected to a series of engaging activities to show students how easy and fun learning to code could be.


“I liked coding,” said Floro Torrence School 83 student Raven. “I’m really good at it!”


In addition to their initial coding lessons, each school on the tour will have STEM support for students through a new Hour of Coding after-school club.


“I can’t wait to sign up for the Coding Club,” one student exclaimed!


“This has been a powerful opportunity to open the doors to further learning and creativity,” said Floro Torrence Principal Heather Haskett. “When students get excited about their own learning and want more, it is simply a blessing. Thank you!”