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Introduction to Drag-and-Drop Coding With Skylark I

Get a head start on your coding training by learning Skylark™. Developed by TechSmart, Skylark is a drag-and-drop coding language that bridges the gap between block-based languages and professional line-based coding languages such as Python. In this course, you’ll learn fundamental computer science and animation concepts, such as events, frames, sprites, variables, math operators, text input and output, conditionals, randomness and more. 

You’ll complete a variety of fun and engaging coding exercises under the instructor’s guidance and then explore and practice the concepts at your own pace with support. The exercises allow for a variety of learning styles and ability levels, so  you can begin to build skills in writing, debugging, analyzing and comprehending code.

Who Should Register

This course is for students entering fourth and fifth grades. No previous programming experience is required, though you should expect to learn at a fast pace.


TechSmart is a Seattle company that partners with school districts to train teachers to teach computer science and coding. All instructors are trained in TechSmart’s rigorous and engaging curriculum. Approved by the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), the curriculum supports fully differentiated instruction and learning, ensuring that each student is challenged with the appropriate level of difficulty.

More Information

This remote course is taught via Canvas and/or Zoom video conferencing. Classes meet in real time and are not recorded. To participate, you should have access to a computer with a high-speed internet connection and a headset and webcam. 

Review the Policies page for details about registration policies, COVID-19 vaccination requirements and more. 



Jul 25–Aug 5, 2022

9 a.m.–12 p.m.
Refund Deadline
Jun 15, 2022