On December 3rd & 4th last semester, our grade 6-9 students took part in the Hour of Code challenge, a global movement to show kids what it takes to create the programs and apps that we all spend so much time using.
“The Hour of Code is designed to demystify code and show that computer science is not rocket science -anybody can learn the basics,” said Hadi Partovi, founder, and CEO of Code.org. “Over 100 million students worldwide have tried an Hour of Code. The demand for relevant 21st-century computer science education crosses all borders and knows no boundaries.”
This year, at SCIS, we successfully ran the Hour of Code event over the course of two days. It was a great opportunity for our students to learn a little bit more about coding and how it is used in the real world. A lot of the challenges involve students dragging and dropping pieces of code in order to solve a puzzle, whilst in others you have to up your game and type in some of your own code.
Whatever the challenge, coding is a great skill for our students to have, as it helps develop their problem solving and critical skills, not to mention how much it can improve their resilience; have you tried debugging code? It also has huge benefits for English as an Additional Language (EAL) learners, through its syntax, structure, and vocabulary.
The Hour of Code website is open to anyone and at any time – as long as you have an internet connection. Learn more at www.HourOfCode.com and try an hour yourself. Beyond the Hour of Code, there are several free coding apps and websites, with varying levels of difficulty, that you can download and get your children coding, such as:
- Daisy the Dinosaur – for Kindergarten & Grade 1
- ScratchJR/Codespark Academy – for Grade 1&2
- Kodable – for Grades 2&3
- Code Combat – for Grades 4&5
- Scratch – for Grades 5-8
- Python on Codeacademy – for Grades 6-12
Start your coding journey today!