Elkin City Schools participate in Hour of Code

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Computers are everywhere, but fewer schools teach computer science than 10 years ago, according to hourofcode.com. So in an effort to change this, local schools participated in Hour of Code during computer science education week last week.

Britt Shaw, chief technology officer at Elkin City Schools, explained the purpose of Hour of Code is “to promote computer science and computer education and other fields in the STEAM area.

“We have several teachers who are taking their students through tutorials sponsored and hosted by hourofcode.com at some point this week,” Shaw said last week during the education week.

Hourofcode.com provides a large number of tutorials featuring everything from Star Wars to Minecraft to Disney’s Frozen as the theme, Shaw explained. And the tutorials are broken down depending on the students’ age brackets.

More than 100 partners joined together to support the movement, according to Hour of Code, including Google, MSN, Yahoo! and Disney. “Last year, every Apple Store in the world hosted an Hour of Code and even President Obama wrote his first line of code as part of the campaign,” reported the website.

“The Hour of Code, organized by the nonprofit Code.org and over 100 others, is a statement that today’s generation of students are ready to learn critical skills for 21st century success,” noted hourofcode.com.

According to the website, computer science “helps nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity. By starting early, students will have a foundation for success in any 21st-century career path.

“The goal of the Hour of Code is not to teach anybody to become an expert computer scientist in one hour. One hour is only enough to learn that computer science is fun and creative, that it is accessible at all ages, for all students, regardless of background,” notes hourofcode.com.

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