“Hour of Code” for Computer Science Week

Friday, December 6th, 2013 - Posted in All District News

Piedmont supports Computer Science Education Week by participating in “Hour of Code” activities


To honor Computer Science Education Week, Piedmont schools promoted “Hour of Code” at all of our schools.  Over 1,450 students in Piedmont participated, contributing to the surpassed goal of 10 million students worldwide!  The goal of “Hour of Code” was to introduce some of building block concepts of computer science and programming with self-paced, engaging activities. These simple computer science activities, worthy in their own right in our digital world, complement the district’s mission to further nurture creativity and problem solving skills.

In Piedmont,  “Hour of Code” was undertaken in class, after school, as homework, during special lunch promotions and continued at home by many students on their own.  Several classes of high school students visited UC Berkeley to take part in Computer Science Education Week.  Back in Piedmont Ms. Kerwin at PMS reported, “After getting everyone signed in, a silence came over my room… well except for the clicking of the keyboards.  Students were engaged and challenged!”  Ms. Cartusciello reported “They helped each other, were completely concentrated on the tasks, and they were proud of their successes!  It was a wonderful lesson.” “Yes!” overheard Ms. White in the library, “I’m on the zombie level!”

Try them out yourself!  Explore the Hour of Code activities @ http://csedweek.org/learn

“Learning to write programs stretches your mind, and helps you think better, creates a way of thinking about things that I think is helpful in all domains.”  Bill Gates

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