OGHS Students Participate in the Hour of Code Movement
Posted on 12/14/2016
During Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 5-11) our students participated in the growing global movement known as "Hour of Code." But what does that mean? According to Code.org: "The Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify 'code,' to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science."
Mrs. McClendon and her Computer Science (CS) students wanted to bring this experience to our middle school students. Together they introduced 170 students from 6 classes to the concept of computer coding. CS students explained how to construct code, called out the code, and checked for errors. The middle schoolers learned quickly that coding requires a sequence of instructions that are correctly ordered. Every middle school student programmed a Star Wars game on Code.org using block-based code or Java depending on their level of expertise. Almost all of them completed the challenge and received a certificate, sticker, and goody bag.
Mrs. McClendon is hopeful that the Hour of Code sparked an interest in programming in these young students. Studies show that there are computing jobs (currently 500,000 openings) in every industry and every state in the US. And the demand for programmers is projected to grow at twice the rate of all other jobs (code.org). To help our students compete and succeed in all industries and occupations, Oak Grove is preparing to offer middle and high school computer science courses in the 2017-2018 school year. The Hour of Code is just one more step to ensuring that our students are career, college, and life ready.