Students to Participate in “Hour of Code”

This December, Elementary students (and JH students enrolled in the Computer Applications elective) will be taking part in a worldwide learning event called “Hour of Code.”  Organized by code.org, a non-profit organization, “Hour of Code” was created to elevate computer science awareness among students. Our students will be experiencing coding in a fun, yet challenging, way. They are excited to keep moving forward and approach the next challenge.

Second grade and above will also be learning about the computer science industry (grade-level appropriate) and what is happening within the job industry. The slogan Mrs. Shaw is using in her classroom is, “No worries! I’ve got this!” We are learning that failure is expected and part of the whole process – it gets us closer to understanding what will work. (Remember the difference between a Master and a Beginner is the Master has failed more times!) Students will receive a participation certificate to take home prior to Christmas break.

Quick Facts:

  • SVC Elementary (JK – 6th) has participated in Hour of Code since 2014.
  • 90% of parents want their children to learn about computer science, yet only 40% of schools in the U.S. cover the topic – SVC is one of them!
  • Computer science drives innovation throughout the U.S. economy, but it remains marginalized throughout K – 12 education – but not at SVC!
  • There are currently 486,686 open computing jobs nationwide.
  • Last year, only 42,969 computer science students graduated into the workforce.
  • SVC challenges our students with project-based curriculum in the STEM lab to identify a problem, collaborate, and work out solutions, while learning leadership and presentation skills.
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