“Hour of Code is a great tool to introduce coding concepts to students in a fun, game-like format,” said Director of Technology Erik Tom. “Hour of Code focuses on the major concepts such as loops and conditionals, and the students use the app Blockly to write code.”
Hour of Code takes place each year during the week of December 9th in recognition of the birthday of computer programming pioneer Rear Admiral Grace M. Hopper. This year, Hour of Code will reach tens of millions of students in more than 180 countries around the globe.
Each of the lessons includes videos featuring people who work in the coding industry sharing their stories about their work in programming.
“Programmers from different entertainment companies explain why they became programmers and what they do every day in their jobs,” said Erik. “Stanbridge is located in the heart of Silicon Valley; it is important that our students can visualize the inner workings of the tech industry and to know that they might find a career in computer programming.”
Most importantly, students are learning the importance of programming, but they are also learning the value of persistence, critical thinking, problem solving, and teamwork!
“Coding teaches students how to use trial and error,” said Erik. “If the code does not work they can go back and fix it.”
Students who would like to go beyond an hour and learn at home may access tutorials on the Hour of Code website.