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Hour of Code Sparks Student Interest in Computer Programming

Students of all ages at Corbett Preparatory School of IDS participated in the international Hour of Code event.

2015-12-08-HourOfCode (6) Dec. 17, 2015 (TAMPA, Fla.) – Corbett Preparatory School of IDS students joined tens of millions of students in more than 180 countries for an Hour of Code, a global movement that explores the world of computer programming by animating characters from popular games and movies such as Minecraft, Star Wars and Frozen.

Designed to draw attention to the importance of computer science education, the Hour of Code is one of the largest learning events in history and coincides with Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 7-13). Elementary and Middle School students at Corbett Prep worked on their own or in pairs to take on coding challenges, which ranged from basic to advanced.

Students with coding skills are poised to be in high demand when they enter the workforce. Computer programming jobs are growing rapidly without enough qualified graduates to fill them — 67 percent of new STEM jobs are in computing and only 8 percent of STEM graduates are in computer science, according to the nonprofit organization Code.org. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that there will be more than 1 million computing job openings by 2022.

Corbett Prep gives students many opportunities to practice and perfect their technological skills on multiple platforms and devices. The entire Middle School took on the Hour of Code at the same time on Dec. 8. In every classroom, students sat with tablets, laptops or desktops to create codes for programs. Throughout the 60 minutes, the tasks increased in difficulty as students tested sequences, adjusted commands and embellished upon steps they mastered during the tutorial. Students on the elementary side participated as well during the course of several days during their regular technology classes.

2015-12-08-HourOfCode (25)The Hour of Code makes programming accessible to everyone, with the appeal of video games and familiar characters that students enjoy having the chance to mobilize.

Participation in the Hour of Code reflects Corbett Prep’s commitment to ensuring that students are well prepared for the future, regardless of the career path they choose. The online games may look like simple fun, but they are teaching skills that benefit students in all fields. Learning about programming can build problem-solving skills, encourage logical thinking and inspire creativity.


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Founded in 1968, Corbett Preparatory School of IDS (formerly Independent Day School - Corbett Campus) is a fully accredited, nonsectarian private school located in Tampa’s Carrollwood neighborhood. The school serves over 500 students from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade and offers the International Baccalaureate program of study for all students. Teachers are endorsed in gifted education through a master’s level grant with the University of South Florida College of Education. Corbett Prep balances a dynamic, nurturing and safe learning environment with high standards and high expectations to develop a positive approach to life and learning. Corbett Prep has become recognized as an exemplary school with over 7,000 visitors observing and learning from Corbett Prep teachers. For more information, visit www.corbettprep.com or contact the Admissions Office at (813) 961-3087.