Middle school students participate in nationwide ‘Hour of Code’ activities

middle school computer science kidsAll Minisink Valley Middle School computer science students are joining millions of students worldwide celebrating Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 6 to 15) with the Hour of Code.

The Hour of Code, organized by the non-profit code.org, initially began as a one-hour introduction to computer science middle school computer designed to demystify “coding,” reinforcing to participants that they can learn the basics. Organizers also want  to broaden participation in computer science field.

Since then, it’s blossomed into a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, beginning with one hour of coding activities that take place in a classroom setting.

compute science kid Solid computer science skills give students a foundation for success in any career path they choose because it’s such an important skill set,” said  Teresia Parker, Middle School computer science teacher. “We’re committed to ensuring our students are computer science literate. We also know computer science literacy further nurtures students’ problem-solving skills, logic and creativity, which are critically important in their daily lives.”

computer science kidStudents were further introduced to coding  through Hour of Code activities such as Minecraft Mario, Vidcode, Scratch and others.  They received certificates upon completion of their work.

“We know ‘one hour’ of coding time won’t make anyone an expert,” added Mrs. Parker. “But, it’s enough time to show that computer science is definitely a creative and fun subject and it is an important part of daily life.”

The Minisink Valley community can learn more about coding, too,  by engaging in their own Hour of Code activities with their family members. Visit:  Hour of Code activities.