Guest Blog Post on the Hour of Code! READ ALL ABOUT IT!
Last week was Computer Science Week and to celebrate this event, people from any age, from all over the world, created programs with computer coding! Hour of Code is a campaign to get everyone to join in and code for just one hour this week. Anyone from Ashton Kutcher to Barack Obama, 4 years old to 104 can learn how to code. And the Erickson Elementary students joined in the coding fun as well!
Erickson students from grades 1 to 5 learned that they can find coding all around them, from computer programs in a grocery store to their family room to the vehicle that got them to school! The students practiced coding on a website called code.org, which started the campaign Hour of Code in 2013. Not only does coding align with the Common Core Math Standards, it also promotes problem solving and thinking skills along with an understanding of technology.
Erickson Elementary also has a Coding Club for 4th graders where they program stories, games and other animations at scratch.mit.edu. The students think creatively and work together to make their programs come alive! In February, The Coding Club has an opportunity to go a student led conference called “Crack the Code” in Bensenville, IL where students will learn from other students about technology!
To code a computer is a fun activity that everyone can do! You don’t have to be a certain age, be at a certain place, or start at a certain time. Coding is meant for all of us. It is our future. Our children’s future. We all should know how to create a computer program! Might as well start now!
--Heather Grover, Erickson Elementary Librarian