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Spann Elementary Students Take Part In C Spire's C3 Jr. Coding Challenge

October 25, 2018

Spann Elementary Open Doors students participated in the C Spire C3 Jr. Coding Challenge hosted by the Mississippi Children's Museum on September 21. The event was held in conjunction with the 2018 Mississippi Science Fest held in the LeFleur Museum District. The coding challenge drew third- and fourth-grade students from 15 public and private elementary schools in the state to the Jackson museum where they were greeted by Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves.

Spann was represented by two teams at the competition, both sponsored by Open Doors teacher Vicki Latham.

Spann students with mentor and teacher
C Spire mentor Dan Chase, from left, with Spann Elementary team members Larriyah Russell, Skylar Steele, and Anadaisy Toribio-Ruiz and team sponsor Vicki Latham
Spann students with mentor and teacher
C Spire mentor, from left, Ginny Tabor with Spann Elementary team members Edgar Diaz, Lyric Jones, Gracie Jordan, and Mary Latham and team sponsor Vicki Latham
Photos: Courtesy of Mississippi Children's Museum
Photo Gallery: C Spire Coding Challenge

Students worked on the challenge with a teacher or sponsor from their own schools. They had to use critical thinking and problem-solving skills to navigate an obstacle course. Throughout the competition, teams had to show both their creative and technical abilities. C Spire assigned its technology employees to help each team. They introduced students to Pepper, C Spire's humanoid robot, and taught students how to program commands to control it.

C3 stands for C Spire Coding Challenge. It was first introduced to high school students through three successful coding competitions in the last year. The same mission guides both initiatives: Inspire Mississippi students and communities through technology education, competition and mentorships to seek degrees and careers in coding and transform the areas where they live.