Nearly 10,000 D51 kids take part in Hour of Code

Nearly 10,000 D51 kids take part in Hour of Code
Posted on 12/10/2019
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Grand Junction, CO – Nearly 9,800 students from across District 51 will participate in Computer Science Education Week and Hour of Code events over the next two weeks. This is a huge increase from the estimated 7,000 D51 students who participated in Hour of Code events last year.

Hour of Code is a global initiative designed to give students at least one hour of introductory computer science education through fun activities. Hour of Code takes place each year during Computer Science Education Week Dec. 9-15, though D51’s activities will spread into the week of Dec. 16-20 as well. 

Activities over the next couple weeks will include:

  • Grand Junction High School students leading coding activities for Tope Elementary School students on Thursday, Dec. 19. GJHS has created specific, grade-level activities for each class.
  • New Emerson students learning about plugged and unplugged activities on the afternoon of Monday, Dec. 16. Unplugged activities will be binary coding, using a decoder, coding with cups and creating their own robots with recycled materials. Plugged activities include using Ozobots, Dash, Sphero, Makey-Makey, and Lego WeDo.
  • Some schools will be using a Grinch program for their coding activity. You can try it out here.
  • Hour of Code activities in computer science classes at Central High, Fruita 8/9, Grand Junction High, Palisade High, and R-5.
  • Coding activities during math and science classes at Grand River Academy.
  • Hour of Code activities at 21 out of 24 elementary schools and all eight middle schools, including work with Cue robots, circuit boards, and html coding at Redlands Middle School.

Computer science is key for 21st century learners. In addition to offering Hour of Code activities each December during International Computer Science Education Week, D51 offers computer science and coding courses and requires students to earn at least half a credit in computer science in order to graduate.

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