Students at The Learning Center Charter School participated in the Hour of Code in early December. The Hour of Code is an international effort to encourage students to learn about computer programming. It is a global movement reaching millions of students in 180+ countries and supported by numerous sponsors including Microsoft, Apple, Amazon and others.
The Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science and was designed to demystify “code” and show that anybody can learn the basics of computer programming. It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science and takes place each year during Computer Science Education Week.
At The Learning Center, upper grade math students worked on a number of different activities from writing programs to guide virtual online robots to writing “code” for their blindfolded classmates. Students in younger grades worked with Ozobots – a tiny, toy robot that teaches programming. Students learned to identify and produce step-by-step directions that their Ozobot could follow. Students in third grade learned the meaning of coding with a paper based mapping activity. They then used Tynker, an educational programming platform aimed at teaching kids how to make games and programs, to do a variety of coding games.
Kathleen Shook, third grade teacher at the charter school, said, “Every student should have the opportunity to learn computer science. It teaches problem solving skills, logic and creativity. By starting early, both boys and girls will have a foundation for success in any 21st century career path.”