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Parkwood Middle School Students Have Fun With Computer Coding During Computer Science Education Week
The Hour of Code is a week-long event sponsored by Code.org, whose mission is to promote computer science education by introducing computer coding lessons to students and emphasizing the importance of learning to code. Computer coding is one of the fastest growing jobs in the world, and it was named by US News as the best job for 2013. During Computer Science Education Week, students all over the world complete lessons that introduce them to the basics of coding. This week over 15 million students completed over 524 million lines of code.
The lessons Lymus’ students completed had them arranging blocks of code in the correct order to give basic commands to characters. Students then practiced skills like “looping” or repeating code and creating “if-then” commands to have their characters make choices in their movements.
For many students, this was their first experience with computer coding “It was interesting see that you can mess with all the mechanics of a game,” said seventh grader Sydney Huston, “Coding is actually a lot easier than I thought.” Another seventh grade student, Ace Burton, remarked, “I liked it because [coding] is about strategy.” Other students were impressed with the future of coding. Eighth grader Jordan Woodward said it is important to learn coding “because the students who learn it have an advantage.”
If you would like to learn more about computer coding education, visit csedweek.org or code.org.
Written by: Casey Zvanut, Tech Facilitator
Posted: Dec 18, 2013 by Judy Davis