Students in Tompkins County are learning math and science inside a shopping mall thanks to a new academy. It's called UCode, and it opened at the beginning of the year inside the shops at Ithaca Mall.
UCode uses a simplified version of the coding system Python, and allows students to develop skills like computational thinking and engineering. There are step-by-step lessons, including hands-on experience.
“You see kids who are measuring, thinking, and analyzing their actions. They are really just using their brains, kind of like engineers,” said Academic Director Janet Carmosky.