For the last two weeks students at CIS have been leaving computer class with a big smile on their faces after completing the Hour of Code. The Hour of Code is a global movement by Computer Science Education Week and Code.org reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries through a one-hour introduction to computer science and computer programming.
At the beginning of the hour the students are a little hesitant and quiet as the teacher introduces the terms coding, programming, and computer science. When the students click on the link code.org and the site starts opening on the computers, the atmosphere in the room suddenly changes. Kids are smiling and cheering as they see familiar names like Minecraft, Moana, Star Wars, and many others.
The teacher helps guide them through a tutorial that uses a type of code called Blockly. As much fun as it seems, coding requires problem-solving skills and critical thinking. At the end of computer class, students discuss how many levels they each completed and many can't wait to go home and continue coding.