Last week, Brenham ISD participated in the Hour of Code, a global movement involving millions of students from over 180 countries. Last year, over 1700 students participated in the Hour of Code in BISD. Students in grades K-12 worked through engaging one-hour coding tutorials with themes including Frozen and Angry Birds. Star Wars and Minecraft themes have been added to this year’s list of coding tutorials.
The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science organized by the non-profit organization Code.org in celebration of Computer Science Education Week. Code.org is dedicated to expanding participation in computer science and giving all students an opportunity to try their hand at coding. The Hour of Code is open to anyone, regardless of age or technical experience. Each participant who completes an hour of code will receive a certificate of completion.
The Hour of Code in Brenham ISD was a huge success last year and we are looking forward to another successful experience this year. Here are some of the comments Brenham ISD teachers had to say about last year’s event:
- Many students love to play video games but didn't realize it could actually be something you do as a job.
- Some of my students were fascinated by the actual code and wanted to find out how they could do more. When I explained that there are jobs that require people to know code and how to program computers there was excitement. These brief introductions are a positive way to encourage good job skills in a pressure-free atmosphere.
- I saw some of my students who struggle with academics experience SUCCESS! This program offered a different way for the brain to problem solve.
- My students are in second grade, but I feel that teaching them about this opens their eyes to another profession. They are so used to saying when I grow up I want to be a teacher, doctor, vet, police, etc. because that is what they learn about when we talk about community helpers. This shows them about people who are behind all the technology that makes living in today's world possible.