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Thursday, December 10, 2015

West Elementary Students Explore Computer Coding via the "Hour of Code" Kickoff Event

Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics.

West El. students participated in the hour of code along with 150,000 other schools and organizations around the world! 

Kindergarten and 1st grade students at West El. learned to code with Daisy the Dinosaur. The students had fun making Daisy dance across the screen and completed other challenges designed to introduce the concept of coding to a young audience. 

Students in grades 2 & 3 participated in the
Star Wars Hour of Code. They used blocks of code to take BB-8 on an adventure and program their own Star Wars adventure game.

Students in grades 4 & 5 participated in the
Minecraft Hour of Code. They used blocks of code to take Steve or Alex on an adventure through a simulated Minecraft world.

Activities used by all students use the blocky programming language. While students were dragging and dropping simple blocks of code on the workspace, they were able to see those blocks translated to Java. Java is just one of hundreds of programming languages used by programmers to code.

All students learned important vocabulary words used in coding. Words such as algorithm, functions, conditionals and loops were part of their learning experience.

Learning to code has many benefits for students. It encompasses the 4 c's: creativity, communication, collaboration and most importantly critical thinking!

The Hour of Code was a kickoff to coding experiences for students at West El. As the school year unfolds more opportunities for learning to code will be shared by the Digital Learning Specialist to facilitate a more complete understanding of coding.


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