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 45 languages at code.org. No experience is needed and it is great for ages 4 to 104!
Hour of Code took place on December 5-11, however students have the opportunity to learn about coding year round. New Century teachers participated in the coding event in each of their classrooms.
Some of the classrooms also buddied up with high school students from Verona Area High School computer science classes to learn more about coding. The high school students who came to NCS were: Olivia Otremba, EJ Fechner, Jacob Amell, and Chrystian Soria. Olivia and EJ were former students at NCS. The high schoolers worked with students in Mrs. Konop’s and Mrs. Klawiter’s classrooms. They gave them challenges, like using coding to get a dragon to the treasure in a computer game. The students had to change the code to get a computer game to do what they wanted it to do. Some students took it a step or two further by designing their own characters and even animating them!
The high schoolers said that they enjoyed being with the kids because they showed a drive to learn and were creative and great problem solvers. The high schoolers admitted that they weren’t able to do coding like this when they were elementary school-age and they hope that this inspires the students to expand their coding abilities.