Hour of Code in Middle School

Computer Science Education Week is an annual program dedicated to inspiring K-12 students to take interest in computer science.  Code.org initiated year two of the hour of code.  The hour of code is a global event that challenges schools to participate in learning to code with their students for at least an hour during the week of December 8th.

Last year, 15 million students tried an Hour of Code in one week. This year they are aiming for 100 million students worldwide to do an Hour of Code by the end of 2014!  It is designed to demystify programming and show that everyone can learn the basics of coding.

Many classes from our Middle School have taken up the challenge of participating in the hour of code.  We used a variety of platforms to work on the hour of code.  First we watched a video that uses successful people to encourage young kids to learn about how computers work rather than how they can consume what computers have.

We used the tutorials Angry Birds, Frozen (big hit with the girls), and flappy bird.  Some students finished two full tutorials.  Each tutorial has 20 puzzles that get progressively harder to figure out as you go along.  The kids were so engaged and happy to help each other.  I can see computational, logic, reasoning, critical thinking, collaboration and perseverance. Some students are working with others, while some want to figure it out on their own.  Many were caught continuing their puzzles while at lunch.

What’s your dream future? Inventing something cool? Helping the environment? Creating your own business? Whatever it is, chances are that coding can help bring it to life. Through coding, you can make apps, games, products, and more. Everyone starts somewhere, so take your first step and do your #hourofcode today!

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