Kristi ManuelCoding (Scratch Ninja)
"Did you know that when you fail - it's a good thing!? I learned many years ago that FAIL stands for First-Attempt-In-Learning. That's one of the reasons I love supporting students to learn to code! Coding is a great way for students to develop confidence and curiosity as they learn to problem-solve and experiment with their code. My classes are an environment to try new things and to grow! Due to the ever-increasing speed at which technology changes, I love exploring along with my students and love it when they show me something new! Bringing people and computers together has always been my passion. I’ve spent 15 years with both students and staff in an elementary school in Silicon Valley to enrich and develop the technology program for grades K - 4. I taught fundamental computer skills classes that included coding, robotics, creative art, and much more. I watched shy students blossom as they were able to show off their tech talents to the class. In one of my favorite classes, we brought our skills to life as we built the California Missions using the popular computer game - Minecraft!"