Hinkley High School students in KidsTek’s Introduction to Programming class are just wrapping up their Unit 1 final project. Each of the students created a virtual game of Tic-Tac-Toe using Jupyter Notebook, a Python programming tool. Since the beginning of the semester, students have been learning about functions, “if statements,” variables, and basic programming logic. To culminate this unit, they created their largest project yet. Using their new programming knowledge helped them to create a fun, interactive Tic-Tac-Toe game.

Paola Salina-Garcia, senior at Hinkley High said, “This project helped us learn more about functions in programming and how to use “if statements” better. It took a lot of trial and error to make everything work properly. But that’s what makes it fun!” Senior Diego Ortiz, added, “This project helped us use multiple functions to create something bigger. It was interesting seeing how all these basic functions could come together and make a fun game that we could actually play!”

Once the class is completely done with this project, they will be moving on to Unit 2 where students will start working on “for loops” where they can direct the computer to repeat simple tasks. They will also be learning more data types like lists and dictionaries. KidsTek Instructor Katy Limes really enjoyed this project and said, “I am so proud of what my students have accomplished. I know they will take this knowledge going forward and build from what they learned to continue their journey to learning programming.”

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