On December 3rd and December 4th, North Shore Middle School joined a movement to help introduce all students to their first hour of computer science called The Hour of Code to coincide with Computer Science Education Week. Mr. Slack said, “North Shore invited all middle school students to join in the library during their lunch periods and recess time for a fun and educational introduction to coding.” The Hour of Code was organized by Secondary S.T.E.A.M Director Ms. Amy DiMeola along with technology teachers Mr. Keith Slack and Mr. Anthony Facchini. Additionally, High school students taking IB Computer Programming joined the faculty to assist their younger peers What is The Hour of Code? A one-hour introduction to computer science. The Hour of Code is a global learning and awareness-building event where participants from kindergarten and up can engage in hundreds of different computer science activities. Activities require no experience and can be run on browsers, tablets, or smartphones.
At North Shore Middle School, students engaged in the following specifically learning activities:
Used Code.org to participate in block coding to code a “dance party” featuring top hit musical songs.
Used multiple coding applications to code a small drone, follow prompts, and carefully navigate it inside the library.
Why is this important?
Technology is transforming every industry on the planet. In 2015, seven million openings in the United States were in occupations - - including art and design - - that value coding skills. Regardless of what our students do when they grow up, knowing how to build technology will render them effective communicators and give them confidence and the skills necessary to be important in the workplace. What will participants gain from this?
Ms. DiMeola said, “While all of us know that it's important to learn how to navigate today's tech-saturated world, many students and teachers aren't experienced in computer science and don't know where to start. This event is a chance for us all to see what computer science is all about.” She added, “The Hour of Code is designed to demystify coding and show that computer science is not rocket science - - anybody can learn the basics.”
Article written with by Secondary STEAM Director, Ms. Amy DiMeola, and MS Technology Teacher Mr. Keith Slack
Photos by Shelly Newman and Amy DiMeola
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