Led by Sam Moser, director of academic technology, Primary School students participated in the Hour of Code on Wednesday as part of Computer Science Education Week. The goal of this international event is to expose students of all ages to the power and excitement of computer programming.
Sam was excited to see the entire division participate together. He even observed teachers asking their students for help! Everyone worked together to solve problems applying the design process to their work. Kindergartners learned to program “Blue Bots” to follow paths they created with directional cards. First and 2nd graders experimented with Scratch, programmed a virtual dance party, and worked with Tinkercad. Third through 5th graders could choose building virtual Minecraft worlds, programming a game with Flappy Bird, and creating digital art through code. Many of these programs use a block-based interface to help students conceptualize the foundations of programming.
Though many of our Primary School students have significant coding experience through their work on Code.org, participating as a division along with their teachers, created an atmosphere that nurtured collaboration, persistence, and fun!