The Hour of Code sounds a bit ominous, especially for kids in elementary school, but as it turns out, it’s a great program that the kids enjoy, and one that keeps them engaged.
Students at Jefferson School participate in the program, started by Code.org, a non-profit group whose goal is to expand diversity in computer science for students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. This worldwide initiative not only gives kids the tools they need for the future by working with computers, but it also helps nurture logic, creativity, and problem-solving skills.
Students pick one of several different activities and progress through increasingly difficult problems until they are complete with a scenario. Once they complete an activity, they earn a certificate.
Although Code.org only tracks participation this week, teachers will continue to work on this program throughout the year when there is spare time. The program lays down the foundation for a possible career in computer science or at the very least, a basic understanding of technology.