As part of National Computer Science week (December 7-13) students at CAES participated in a global event known as Hour of Code during library class. Hour of Code was begun in 2013 by code.org, a non-profit organization dedicated to expanding worldwide access to computer science. Code.org makes tutorials available and offers choices for hour-long coding “events” that students and teachers can choose to do at designated times. Many of these events take place in school libraries, or with the support of the teacher librarian. To date, tens of millions of students have participated in over 180 countries around the world.
At the heart of the mission for code.org is the belief that anyone can learn the basics of coding, and that computer science should be part of every school’s core curriculum. Hour of Code is intended to take some of the mystery out of coding and to show students that computer science can be fun and creative. The hope is that students and teachers will continue beyond a one hour event, and tackle more coding independently, or enroll in courses to learn more. Supporting Hour of Code is a coalition of partners including Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, and the College Board.