Hi. My name is Monica P. Merritt. I have taught for 10 years in grades 7 and 8, subjects Math 7 and Pre-Algebra, at Russell Middle School in Lawrenceville, VA. I constantly look for ways to incorporate technology in my curriculum, to motivate students, and expose them to activities utilizing 21st century skills. During the 3 day workshop, I learned coding required higher level thinking and using problem-solving skills which are necessary skills that can be applied in the classroom and when solving real-world problems.