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December 14, 2015

Northwood students celebrate Computer Science Education Week with Hour of Code

Northwood Elementary School students were given the opportunity to take part in a one-hour introduction to computer science designed to demystify code and show that anyone can learn the basics. The Hour of Code is organized by Code.org, a not-for-profit working toward expanding participation in computer science by making it available in more schools, and increasing participation by females and students of color. Code.org encouraged students around the country to try an Hour of Code during Computer Science Education Week – Dec. 7-13.

In the Hilton School District, Ed Donnelly, Northwood teacher, asked his fellow teachers to have their students watch an introductory two-minute video, and then try one of the Hour of Code tutorials during their computer time. Third through sixth grade students who were interested in pursuing code further had an opportunity to spend an hour coding with him. The students were then encouraged to continue coding on their own at home using additional tutorials.

“I learned how to make my own version of a game by using correct sequences to code movements,” said Kayla Anstett, a sixth grader in Laura Mayer’s class. “I also learned how the angles effect how a character would move.”

“Every student should have the opportunity to learn computer science,” said Donnelly. “It helps nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity. By starting early, students will have a foundation for success in any 21st century career path.”

Donnelly added that he may begin a Coding Club after the holidays for students interested in challenging themselves further.