Hour of Code makes a lifetime of difference
Hour of Code makes a lifetime of difference
Posted on 12/18/2016
Two students and their teacher looking at an iPadElementary students spent an hour recently reinforcing a a skill that may make a lifetime of difference.

Students across Utica Community Schools took part in the international Hour of Code program to promote computer science.

The goal is to create excitement for a career that is projected to have 1.4 million jobs available in 2020. 

The Hour of Code is a one hour introduction to computer science designed to demystify code and show that anyone can learn the basics. It is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in more than 180 countries.

Students use simple code language to create on-line games involving popular characters. 

In addition to the Hour of Code, the district and Code.org have partnered to expand opportunities for UCS students in computer science through elementary media centers and district math and science courses.

The national non-profit has provided UCS computer science curriculum for all K-12 levels and professional development for teachers. This year began a five-year implementation process across the district’s 36 schools.

Elementary Media Center Teachers are integrating coding lessons for all students, including units on algorithms, digital footprints, vocabulary strategies, problem solving and perseverance.

At the secondary level, all students taking Algebra I have coding embedded into their course.