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Students build skills with Hour of Code
Sue Scott

Who knew learning about computer science could lead to a dance party? That’s what happened in a third grade classroom at Cole Elementary School during the “Hour of Code.” Jen Tilley’s class is among several throughout the corporation participating in the annual event to inspire students to learn more about computer science.

McCutcheon High School sophomore Kayann Baker and senior Chelsey Flores led the session at Cole Elementary where students were invited to code their own dance party, complete with signature moves and their favorite tunes.

“Towards the end of the hour, the students presented their final AI result and we all danced to the music and copied the dance moves their character was coded to do,” says Chelsey. “All the students were singing and dancing along, it was a lot of fun to spend that time with them.”

“I really hope that the students continue coding when they can and see how much fun learning more about technology can be,” says Kayann. Both McCutcheon students say they became a Code.org Computer Science Ambassador to inspire more young women to get involved in computer science. 

Students at Cole learning computer coding
Students at Cole get tips from MHS students on how to code

At Klondike Middle School, Vernon Pratt’s math students participated in the Hour of Code to expose eighth grade students to a variety of computer programming languages and activities. “Students were open to choose the language and coding type that interest them the most,” says Pratt. “I hope to peak their interest in class so that students can seek out and explore other lessons and computer programming activities on their own. Through computer programming, students not only learn more about the way computer programs work, but they critically think and problem solve throughout all the activities.”

KMS students doing the hour of code