Steward's Hour of Code

During Computer Science Education Week, The Steward School joined the largest learning event in history—the Hour of Code. This worldwide event has involved more than 78 million students so far.

We live in a world surrounded by technology, and we know that whatever career fields our students choose to enter as adults, their abilities to succeed will increasingly hinge on understanding how technology works. With that thought in mind, during Computer Science Education Week (December 8-14), The Steward School joined the largest learning event in history—the Hour of Code. This worldwide event has involved more than 78 million students so far.

During the Hour of Code week, about 470 Steward students participated in at least one class during which coding activities were the focus. For more information, go to www.code.org and begin your own journey into coding.

  • Grades K-2 participated in a 50-minute activity using Scratch Jr. on the iPads. These young students are in the process of working their way through a 12-lesson curriculum learning to code on Scratch Jr.
  • Students in grades 3-4 were introduced to several of the coding apps on their iPads and learned the basics of using a graphical drag-and-drop programming language.
  • All students in grades 4-9 used a Code.org studio featuring Angry Birds and Plants vs. Zombies or an iPad coding app to work their way through coding activities.
  • In the Upper School, several individual classes participated in unique activities during the Hour of Code:
    • One of Leslie Kovach’s classes learned about the importance of coding careers and participated in an activity to create a video game, “Flappy,” to be played on their cell phones.
    • One of Mary Greenlee’s classes completed a Code.org activity.
    • One of Laura Akesson’s classes worked on a lesson about Python programming.
    • The ninth-grade Applied Technology class completed two weeks of Scratch 2.0 activities, created video games using Pixel Press Floors, and worked through an introductory lesson for Python Programming using Code Combat.

We are proud that 77 percent of our student population participated in this worldwide movement!

 

 

 

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