Marion school to partake in Hour of Code

May 26, 2016

By John Raffel

Students at the Marion Elementary School will be doing An Hour of Code at the school within the next week.

Each classroom from second grade to fifth will spend an hour learning the basics of coding (computer programming), school staff member Steve Henderson explained. “An Hour of Code is a week long event that takes place all around the world,” he said. “The event is usually in December which I believe is the same time of computer science education week.”

Henderson noted that the program is sponsored by and involves schools worldwide.

“We aren’t doing it during the official week, but a school can do it any time,” Henderson said. “Students take part in theme based activities (Star Wars, Minecraft, Angry Birds, etc.) that help them learn the basics of coding, or computer programming, in an entertaining way. Students use block codes that allow them to drag their commands to a work area. Each activity has a certain number of puzzles the student has to solve.

“The puzzles get a little more difficult as the students’ coding knowledge improves.  Coding is becoming the new 21st century skill with the number of job opportunities available and the multitude of areas it can be applied to. This event is to help get students interested in coding and they may start to do it on their own.  If they like coding, it is something they could be doing at home.”

Henderson added that by challenging the student’s imaginary skills, this program could open up new opportunities down the road for any of them.

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