The “Why”

On March 15th, several Dayton Junior and High School students were invited to a Make-a-thon held at the Nike Headquarters in Beaverton. The event was dedicated to teaching students how to code and its real world applications. Their experience there was not only unique, but it gave them a chance to learn something exceptionally useful to them, especially considering the technological shift that can be seen in the growing job market.

During the Make-a-thon, the students visited teachers and administrators from schools throughout the state as well as industry professionals from some area businesses. Then they either displayed the skills they already had, or learned how to use coding to their advantage by manipulating micro bits through Black Java code language.

Nick Prendergast, a junior at Dayton High School who was one of the students who went to both day one and day two of the Nike conference, explained the importance of day one and what they did in contrast to the second day.  

In regards to the event, Prendergast said; “I think everyone should learn it [basic coding].” Prendergast states that coding skills are becoming more useful and important in our growing job industry and that he is happy to have a chance to learn it.

It has become Dayton Junior and High School’s goal to grow and change to fit the interests of the students by giving them the resources to pursue education in technology at school.  “It’s made me more engaged in the classroom and it’s shown me to not take for granted what we have here at Dayton,” said Prendergast.

The Make-a-thon activities were somewhat unfamiliar to some students, but it was an extremely exciting experience for any student planning to pursue a career in the field of technology.

As we look towards the future and explore the learning possibilities for students directly involved with Innovate 18, we will continue to see many technological achievements inside and outside of the school. The Innovation students are doing big things within Dayton High School and we’re excited for what the future holds.

Bevin Schrag Administrator

Bevin Schrag is a writer for Innovate Oregon. While working in social media and marketing at OnlineNW, she is currently studying the arts at Chemeketa Community College, to later become a media designer.