Dance Like a Chicken: Use Dancing to Learn Basic Programming

— Written By and last updated by Nancie Mandeville

4H Agent teaching coding through algorithms virtually

Tomorrow, May 13th is Dance Like a Chicken Day. Did you know that teaching someone how to do a new dance like the “Chicken Dance” is similar to basic programming? Yes, it is through a term called an algorithm. An algorithm, according to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, is “a process or set of rules to be followed in ”calculations or other problem-solving operations, especially by a computer.” 

2018 National 4-H Youth Science Day’s Code Your World featured a lesson called Code Your Dance. During this activity, the youth learned how computers think and understood the basic principles of writing instructions for computers to follow. They created a code to the “Chicken Dance.” What other activities or things that we do in our daily lives could you write instructions similar to those that computers follow when implementing a code? 

For more on this lesson, contact the local 4-H office to learn more about Code Your World and other coding activities through the program.