Students across the Wentzville School District joined millions of other K-12 students learning computer code as part of Computer Science Education Week (December 3-9). “Hour of Code” is a global campaign designed to get students interested in computer science – the skill that programs our modern world.
Hour of Code offers web-based lessons in computer coding that are aimed at every age group. Schools held Hour of Code sessions, had guest speakers, and students have also been logging on at home. Some classes took advantage of the popularity of the video games “Fortnite” and “Minecraft” to teach coding, by having elementary students code characters in these games to dance or perform other tasks. “Coding and computer science careers are two of the most in-demand professions in our area,” said Dr. Karen Hill, WSD Director of Professional & Program Development. “It is imperative for our students to be exposed to coding, especially at a young age.”
Computer science develops students’ computational and critical-thinking skills and shows them how to create, not simply use, new technologies. “It is essential that students are exposed to the field of computer science in our K-12 system, as it is foundational in transforming the way a student thinks about the world,” said Hadi Partovi, founder and CEO of Code.org, a Seattle-based national nonprofit that works to expand access to computer science and increase participation by women and minorities. For more information, or to help your child log on, visit Code.org.