OLATHE, Kan. - An Olathe, Kan., elementary student has fingers that fly across the keyboard.
Rohan Minocha is in fifth grade and types faster than most adults.
“He uses correct fingering,” Computer lab associate Sandra Bluhm said. “That’s why he can type 120 words per minute – because he’s doing it correctly.
Minocha’s goal was simple.
“To beat my brother getting the highest score,” he said. “Five years ago, my brother broke the school record at 93 words per minute.”
Minocha blew past that record, typing 121 words per minute with 100 percent accuracy. Bluhm said he has a natural talent at typing, which he credits with having good hand-eye coordination.
And his talent is helping his classmates, too.
“I kind of think of him as the yeast in the bread,” Bluhm said. “Because he’s doing so well, it’s really raised everyone else’s scores.”
The competitive youngster plays piano, drums and soccer. And he doesn’t want anyone else to beat him.
“Just today, he noticed that somebody else typed 124 words per minute on this type-racing game, so that’s his new goal,” Bluhm said. “He wants to be the best. He likes to be the best at whatever he does.”
Bluhm said each student has 30 minutes a day in the computer lab. Only 15 minutes are used for keyboarding.
“I usually give him an opportunity write his own essays,” Bluhm said.
There are 34 lessons and six assessments in Bluhm’s class. Minocha finished them in October, but continues to challenge himself.
“It’s just a nice challenge to try to get a higher score each time,” he said. “I take the typing test at home every few days and see if I can get a higher score.”
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