This quote is on the Hour of Code website, hosted by code.org:
The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. Anyone, anywhere can organize an Hour of Code event. One-hour tutorials are available in over 40 languages. No experience needed. Ages 4 to 104. December 7-13.
It’s a very informative website with some great explanations and videos of the steam initiative, meant to increase the amount of coding and programming done in k-12 classrooms.
Although it appears that every student would need a computer in order to be introduced to coding, it turns out that there are introductory coding courses that use tiles and cards to introduce students to the abstract concept of coding.
This year at Stone Ridge, every middle schooler has logged over 5 hours learning the basics of coding on their ThinkPads. It has been an informative couple of months as our girls used code.org, playcodemonkey.com, and codecombat.com to get a better understanding of this complex, and sometimes aggravating, program.
All of these websites are free and allow you to see what all of the excitement is about. If you’re not quite sure what coding is, click on any of the live links above to get a better understanding.
It’s a great exercise to look back three years ago to see that our integrated tech program was devoid of activities involving coding, programming, and 3D modeling and knowing that Stone Ridge has introduced this cross-curricularly across all divisions. STEAM is alive and well at SR!
QUESTION – What do swimming, dancing, singing, reading voraciously, writing beautiful poems, playing basketball, and coding and 3D modeling all have in common?!?
ANSWER – Each of these disciplines have people that are very good at it AND others that are not good! I appreciate that Stone Ridge allows students to “try things on” and see if they are interested or passionate about any one of them.
As a teacher this year, it has been heart-warming watching many of our girls get excited about coding, programming, and 3D modeling and printing. I hope to never stop introducing new things to our MS Gators!