Fernbrook 6th graders learn computer-programming skills during nationwide initiative
Thanks to the initiative, “Hour of Code,” nearly 15 million students learned to write computer code during Computer Science Education Week Dec. 9 to 15 in the Osseo Area School District. Twenty-eight Fernbrook Elementary students were among them.
When Fernbrook’s Library Media Specialist Kim Haugo learned about the Hour of Code, she offered the learning opportunity to the school’s sixth graders.
A group of 28 students met during a lunch/recess period on Dec. 12 to learn how to write code. Within the hour, one of the students made a game app to pop falling bubbles. Another student wrote code to draw a spiraling picture with multiple colors, while another created a unicorn that walked across the screen.
Research shows by 2020, there is expected to be one million more jobs in computer science than there are projected computer science students. The Hour of Code initiative, which is part of Computer Science Education Week, organized by Code.org, promotes the concept that anyone can learn to write code.
While Computer Science Education Week has come and gone, the Hour of Code initiative continues. With the first experience proving to be such a success, Haugo plans to host another Hour of Code event for students in January.