The first time third-grader Timaja Stroy tried computer coding, she thought it was difficult.
Eventually, though, Timaja decided "it helps you solve problems and it makes your brain stronger."
Timaja's school, Booker T. Washington Intermediate Academy in Lexington, has emphasized coding, and that focus led it to win $10,000 in a raffle from the nonprofit organization Code.org.
On Monday, at an event called "Hour of Code," themed on the Disney movie Frozen, students at the school used computer coding principles to guide teacher Katie Frances, dressed like the movie's character Elsa, through a giant maze shaped like a snowflake.
"Move forward. Move forward. Pick up the snowflake," a gym full of students called out. After that exercise, a school choir sang Let it Go, a popular song from the movie.
Coding is the language of computers. The Hour of Code was organized by Code.org., which encourages problem-solving skills, logic and creativity.
Valerie Zinser, the school's science, technology, engineering and math lab teacher, said that as students make characters move in computer animation or a game, "the goal is problem solving and perseverance."
Zinser said the school would use the $10,000 to buy laptops.
Zinser uses coding to support Kentucky's core academic standards.
When her students study the food chain in science, they create an animated food chain.
"The kids absolutely love it, and I love what it does for their critical-thinking skills," Zinser said.