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.
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.
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.