Cool Coding: Students to learn basic computer coding skills

Some people talk in code, but writing it takes some skill.

The Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce and community partners will offer “Cool Coding Awareness Week” Oct. 24 to 30, featuring sessions on basic computer coding skills for youth and adults.

A Carmel-based nonprofit organization, Eleven Fifty Academy, will visit area schools, the Bartholomew County Public Library, kidscommons children’s museum and the Fish Tank at the chamber that week, offering a variety of classes about writing code. The Fish Tank is a co-working space for entrepreneurs, freelancers and remote workers offered through the chamber.

The academy’s mission statement says the organization is attempting to close the nation’s growing technology gaps by creating an ecosystem of coding talent that benefits the individual, their employer and their community.

The nonprofit is leading “Cool Coding Awareness Week” in 20 different communities across the state with a goal of reaching 80,000 people.

The weeklong event in Columbus will be an opportunity for students and adults to learn about coding as a concept, and a possible career, chamber president Cindy Frey said.

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Matt Kent is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at 812-379-5712 or