As part of our commitment to STEM education, St. Louis School is proud to be participating in the global Hour of Code event again this year. The Hour of Code is celebrated during Computer Science Education Week (December 3 through 9) and takes place in more than 180 countries across 200,000 events. The Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer operations, designed to demystify “code” and to show that anyone can learn the basics. Since then it has grown into a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science.
This past week students in Mrs. Phelps’ and Mrs. Whiteford’s Computer Classes (Grades K through 8) participated in age-appropriate coding activities. Students in Grades K – 4 were introduced to block coding, with an emphasis on sequencing and logical problem-solving. Older students who are more familiar with block coding explored the soon-to-be-released beta version of Scratch 3.0 with new features like text-to-speech and the ability to run on multiple devices. Students in the Cyber STEM after-school program explored different aspects of the Python programming language as an extension of what the have been working on this fall.
The students are encouraged to continue exploring the activities offered on the Hour of Code website (www.hourofcode.com) beyond what we are doing in the classroom. Thank you to Code.org for this remarkable opportunity! #SLSSTEM
“The ‘Hour of Code™’ is a nationwide initiative by Computer Science Education Week [csedweek.org] and Code.org [code.org] to introduce millions of students to one hour of computer science and computer programming.”