Elementary and middle school students across the district participated in “Hour of Code” (Dec. 7-11) as a way to explore the world of computer science and computer programming. Although the annual event looked a little different this year, if anyone could navigate the digital and virtual world of computing it would certainly be students interested in coding.
“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 Patty, 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 visited various NISD campuses (virtually) for Hour of Code including members from the District’s Technology Services Department and corporate partners to show students career opportunities using coding and how coding can be applied in their lives at this level.
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 campuses within the next year or two.