Students at C.V. Starr Intermediate School participated in Hour Of Code during Computer Science Education Week from December 5-11. The annual global campaign is an effort to ensure all students are equipped with valuable 21st century critical thinking and problem solving skills. The students participated in events during their library class in order to give an exciting introduction to Computer Science.
“We believe that learning computer programming gives kids important skills to navigate a future where many aspects of their lives will be influenced by technology,” says Paul George, Library Media Specialist. “Giving them the confidence to understand how technology works and the ability to control it, is an increasingly important part of children’s education today, and we are getting started with an Hour of Code.”
C.V. Starr wants all students to experience how easy and empowering it is to learn programming. The entire school participated in an Hour of Code using a variety of fun and engaging activities from Tynker, a company that allows students to create and share projects with code, while supporting Common Core and CSTA standards. Tynker’s internationally recognized creative computing platform helps children of all ages develop computational thinking and programming skills as they snap together visual code blocks to create computer programs.
Younger students will focus on solving simple coding puzzles, and will use what they learn to create interactive holiday cards, cartoon comics, simple games and stories. Older students will be able to choose from a variety of coding projects from Tynker that will guide them through the creation of drawing tools, math art, and even multi-level and multi-player games that they can share and play with each other. All week long, students were engaged in fun, collaborative activities and, best of all, they learned key programming concepts that C.V. Starr Intermediate School will build on in the future.