Students enjoying lessons in STEAM during summer program

MERCEDES — Xavier Guillen sat in front of the class typing computer code on his school laptop and when he reviewed what he had created on the screen a cartoon of a little girl standing on the Moon coming across an alien life from appeared.

He was excited to see and hear the sounds he made for his animation and then continued to work on it some more.

He and his classmates are creating animated stories with computer coding at the ACE summer camp.

“We have incorporated hands on projects and introducing the students to coding,” said Marcos De Los Santos, Mercedes ISD, ACE program director. “We have modified instruction and moved the classroom direction to focus on STEAM concepts.”