Ed Smith Students Become Computer Scientists at Hour of Code Event

     Published on 12/10/15   Tagged under:    District News    Ed Smith   

Ed Smith students had an exciting opportunity to take part in an ‘Hour of Code’ event, part of a nationwide movement by Computer Science Education Week and Code.org to introduce millions of students to computer science and computer programming. 

William Oscarlece, the technology teacher at Ed Smith, and Andrea Buckvold, an Ed Smith parent, organized the activity. Both computer labs at Ed Smith School were open for the event, with one for younger students and one for older students. Each of these labs introduced simplified coding instruction using Hour of Code games or Scratch Programming. The event also featured tables with other coding-related activities including partner mazes, decoding ciphers, coding based games, and additional activities.

The purpose of the global Hour of Code campaign is to help students learn that computer science can be creative and fun, and that coding is accessible to students of all ages. When students see what they can create in this short amount of time, they can be empowered to keep going and learn more about computer science in the future.

"The Hour of Code is designed to demystify code and show that computer science is not rocket-science, anybody can learn the basics," said Hadi Partovi, founder and CEO of Code.org. "Over 100 million students worldwide have tried an Hour of Code. The demand for relevant 21st century computer science education crosses all borders and knows no boundaries.”

This year over 175,000 Hour of Code events were held around the world. Computer Science Education Week runs from December 7th to December 13th. Thank you to all the Ed Smith students and families who took part!