DOBSON — Computers are everywhere, but fewer schools teach computer science than 10 years ago. Girls and minorities are severely underrepresented. Good news is, we’re on our way to change this.
With the Hour of Code, computer science has been on homepages of Google, MSN, Yahoo! and Disney. Over 100 partners joined together to support this movement. Last year, every Apple Store in the world hosted an Hour of Code and even President Obama wrote his first line of code as part of the campaign.
That’s why for the second year in a row, every one of the 330 students at Copeland Elementary joined in on the largest learning event in history: The Hour of Code, during Dec. 7-13. Copeland students participated in coding tutorial games featuring Star Wars and Minecraft characters from https://code.org/. Fourth- and fifth-graders used tested out their coding skills to code Sphero robots and coding apps on the iPad. Student engagement, empowerment, teamwork, STEM! This is why we participate in HourOfCode.
The Hour of Code, organized by the nonprofit Code.org and over 100 others, is a statement that today’s generation of students are ready to learn critical skills for 21st century success.