HFCRD schools offer “Hour of Code” program during “Computer Science Education Week”

Holy Family Catholic Regional Division students working on computer coding during the Hour of Code exercises which took place December 3 to December 9.

Tom Henihan
Express Staff

Holy Family Catholic Regional Division schools participated in the “Hour of Code,” which coincided with Computer Science Education Week.

Facilitated at Holy Family Schools by Tech consultant Tom Lademann from LuminEd, Hour of Code is an international movement that encourages young people to explore the world of Computer Science.

Contracted with HFCRD to enhance the edTech learning of both students and teachers in the division, Lademann is also contracted to other schools in the province.

The Hour of Code began as a one-hour Computer Science primer designed to teach the fundamentals of “code” while demonstrating that anybody can learn the basics.

Another objective of the Hour of Code is to encourage students and teachers to get involved in computer science.

Since its modest beginnings in 2013, “Hour of Code” offered by non-profit organization Code.org, has developed into an international initiative to promote and celebrate computer science.

Today, over 400 partners and 200,000 educators around the world support this Hour of Code campaign.

The Hour of Code program takes place during the annual Computer Science Education Week, which happened in 2018 from December 3 to December 9. However, a school or organization can host an Hour of Code anytime throughout the year.

In the 2018 Hour of Code, the coding exercise involved programming robotic spheres called Sphero, where students must design code that programs the robots to navigate a maze and come to rest a predetermined location.

Considering computers and electronic devices are ubiquitous in our contemporary world and recognizing that artificial intelligence begins with people coding the programs to provide specific functions, the need for people to write complex code is increasing.

The one consistent facet of the Hour of Code is that the students, almost without exception, are completely captivated by the process and instead of getting frustrated when things don’t work out immediately they return again and again to correct the direction and behavior of the Sphero device.

Lademann says that the Hour of Code is “an engaging and concrete way for students to put into practice Math, Science and experimental design principles.

The schools that participated in Lademann’s workshops during the Hour of Code week from December 3 to December 9, include Good Shepherd (Peace River) – Holy Family (Grimshaw) – Ècole Providence (McLennan) – St. Stephen’s (Valleyview) and St. Andrew’s (High Prairie).

Holy Family Catholic Regional Division students working on computer coding during the Hour of Code exercises which took place December 3 to December 9.

 

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