Thousands of NISD students to participate in Hour of Code

What: NISD students participate in Hour of Code

When: Dec. 3-7, 2018 as part of Computer Science Education Week; times vary

Who: Elementary school students across NISD

Details:

Elementary students across the district will be participating in “Hour of Code” this next week (Dec. 3-7) during Computer Science Education Week as a way to introduce students to computer science and computer programming.

“In NISD, ‘Hour of Code’ is also a way to introduce students to potential career areas in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields,” says Matthew Garrett, Academic Technology Coordinator.

 'Hour of Code™' is a global initiative by Computer Science Education Week [csedweek.org] and Code.org [code.org] to introduce millions of students in 180+ countries through a one-hour introduction to computer science and computer programming.

Volunteers will also be visiting various NISD campuses for Hour of Code including members from the District’s Technology Services Department and corporate partners.

USAA volunteers will visit five NISD schools to show students career opportunities using coding and how coding can be applied in their lives at this level.

More than 2,500 students will be participating districtwide.

Two campuses available for media coverage:

·         Dec. 3-7: Hatchett Elementary School. All grade levels will have an opportunity to participate in Hour of Code using interactive, hands-on activities, learning computational thinking skills in an approachable way. Times are: 8:25 a.m., second grade; 9:15 a.m., Kindergarten; 10:05 a.m., first grade; 12:20 p.m., fifth grade; 1:10 p.m., third grade; and 2 p.m., fourth grade. Students will be learning to code in a game type scenario using code.org, Kodable, Tynker App, and Space Cadet Arcade. USAA volunteers will be at Hatchett to talk to and assist students.
 

·         Dec. 4: Aue ES. 8-9:30 a.m., Cafeteria.  100 fifth grade students will participate in Hour of Code using a mobile device to code different activities, mostly in a game type scenario like Minecraft, Star Wars, or The Grinch. Students will use a block coding method to understand how coding works and to complete different levels of the activity. NISD programmers will be at Aue to talk to and assist students.

Interest in coding is increasing and currently Coding Clubs are at about half of NISD’s elementary campuses with a goal of having them at all 79 campuses within the next year or two.

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