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Student Spotlight: Andrew

Meet the Taggart family from Jensen, Utah, and find out how learning to code with CodeWizardsHQ has led Andrew to be our Student of the Month!

Here are two of Andrew’s Projects:


CodeWizardsHQ’s community spreads around the world. We are lucky to have amazing families like the Taggart family! They have three children, Andrew, 11, Connor, 9, and Lizzy, 7. Andrew was kind enough to answer a few questions about their #codingadventure.

Q. What’s your coding background, Andrew?

A: I’ve always enjoyed technology and I found out about Scratch when I was 8. I quickly outgrew it and my programs became too long for Scratch’s old software to handle. So I started programming Python and HTML and a few years later, I decided that I wanted to take a coding class and that’s how we found CWHQ.

Q: What are your family’s hobbies?

A: Camping, riding bikes, fishing, playing games together

Q: What subjects do your children enjoy in school?

A: Sciences and technology

Q: Anything else fun and interesting you’d like to share about your family?

A: We have a large market garden that is almost 2 acres where we grow and sell vegetables to families in our community through our family business. We work together as a family to grow and harvest vegetables.

Q: How did you find out about CWHQ?

A: A Google search

Q: What are some things you like about learning to code with CWHQ?

A: My teacher, the community at CWHQ

Q: Last of all, what plans do you have Coding in your family’s future?

A: I will be working on our website for our family business as well as writing apps for my parents to help with the management of the garden and customers.

Q: To Mr. & Mrs. Taggart: What goals or dreams for your children in relation to coding?

A: We hope that Andrew can write the programs that he envisions to create to help and better the world around him.

What his teacher, Ivann Grande, says about Andrew:

Andrew’s interest in coding has constantly been developing throughout his young life. He shows discipline and interest in anything that he does. He will go out of his way to customize his projects, just so he can continue coding. Andrew is always the first to help answer any questions his classmates may have and always involved in the CodewizardsHQ community. It is always a joy to have him in class and I’ve enjoyed his presence in every class.

Andrew also shared with me his family farm website which I absolutely love. Search “Heritage Family Gardens”. The first photos you see are of him and his family. In the group photo, he is the one on the far right. He was talking about how he’s been busy harvesting all his plants these past few weeks on his 20+ acre farm with his family. He and his family sell their produce to nearby towns in Utah using their website. Such a sweet and genuine family. I’m glad you’re doing a spotlight on him.

Some of his projects are very simple and not as “flashy” as other students, but this project shows a bit of his innovation. This project was made so that random cars are loaded into the page every time it loads.

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6 Charts Every Parent Should See

6 Charts Every Parent Should See

Here are 6 charts all middle school parents should see. The charts are backed by data from reputed sources like the Brookings Institution, College Board, National Center for Education Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Gallup and more.

All middle school parents will find that these charts collectively reflect the kind of world our kids will be graduating into.

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1. Computing jobs are the #1 source of new wages in the United States.

We also see that computing jobs are infiltrating in every field of study. Their growth is projected at twice the rate of all other jobs. This means that we, as parents, need to prepare our children with computing skills.


2. 71% of STEM jobs are in computing, but only 8% of STEM graduates are in computing.


3. The lifetime earnings of a computer science graduate are 40% more than a regular college graduate

With computer science skills permeating in every field of study, this gap will increase further!


4. You want your daughter to start computer science early.

The diversity problem persists over time. This happens is because although 91% of girls are aware of computer science, only 44% say they are willing to try it. This is similar for minorities — 53% of blacks and 54% of Hispanics are open to trying it.


5. Students enjoy computer science more than we think.

Out of several academic disciplines, here we see that students actually enjoy computer science. Surprising?


6. Most middle school parents want their child to learn computer science, but schools don’t teach it yet.

While most middle school parents do realize the importance of learning programing skills, they do not have access to a structured coding curriculum. You can either check out our curriculum or check out the carefully curated list of 19 websites that introduce coding to kids.


Why Should Your Child Learn To Code?

learn to code

There is a lot of buzz about how your child should learn to code.

Last year alone, over 100M kids started to learn coding.

Is it a giant fad or a fundamental shift in what our children need for them to thrive in the digital world?

Is it a specialized skill like gymnastics, skating, etc., or is it a foundational skill like reading, writing and arithmetic?

What are the benefits of a learning to code? How does it help raise academic and career success?

How do you get your child started learning to code?

“Everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer, because it teaches you how to think.” – Steve Jobs

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