Help! students find coding tedious!

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Students were into coding for the first half of the semester (we do the first 3 units), but with two months to go and the students at Unit 3 Lesson 9 or later, about 1/4 of the students are bored out of their skulls (1/4 love it, 1/2 are OK with it) and are begging me for a break.

I want to consider their interests (e.g. two guys would rather build computers than code), so does anyone have any ideas that won’t cost the school anything? They’ve given the course a very good-faith effort, but they are dying.

If I could give them something else to do every 3-4 days, that might work. I’d also be interested in something different I could do with them for a month or more.

Thank you very much.

Gary