Cracking the Code

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Students at Harley Avenue Primary School and James H. Boyd Intermediate School recently participated in the Hour of Code global initiative in recognition of Computer Science Education Week.

The Hour of Code movement promotes computer science education through a one-hour introductory lesson designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics. Sponsored by Code.org, the program offers a variety of interactive computer activities that help students learn computer science while nurturing problem-solving skills, logic and creativity. Students received a one-hour workshop including video tutorials and a self-guided code activity that allowed students to work at their own pace and skill-level.

At Harley Avenue Primary School, students worked at the beginner level to learn basic coding concepts. Students played an “Angry Birds” theme and other introductory games to explore different patterns to code their computer game. Following the workshop, students received a certificate of completion for demonstrating an understanding of basic computer science concepts.  

Students at James H. Boyd Intermediate School selected between a “Star Wars” and “Minecraft” game to play. In addition to the Hour of Code lesson, students at Boyd will receive three coding lessons during the course of the school year. Led by district technology specialist Krista Albrecht, students will become familiar with coding language such as Java Script and Blocky. At the end of the school year, students will have the opportunity to create and code their own game.