Students participate in worldwide ‘Hour of Code’

By: 
Scott Girard

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Verona Area School District students participated in a worldwide event last week created to inspire interest in computer programming and technology careers.

The event, through the website code.org, ran Dec. 9-13 as part of Computer Science Education Week throughout Wisconsin, and offered students a chance to learn basic coding and programming skills through an hourlong program that had them play games and then learn the coding behind the actions they had made happen on the screen.

Glacier Edge, Sugar Creek, Stoner Prairie, New Century, Badger Ridge, Savanna Oaks and Verona Area High School all participated, with students from kindergarten through 12th grade having a chance to play with Angry Birds and other characters.

More than 16 million people participated in the event worldwide.

As an introduction to the program, students watched a video on the site featuring sports stars, tech company owners and even President Barack Obama encouraging them to learn how to code as the importance of technology continues to grow.

Anyone can still take part in the “Hour of Code” through code.org.
 

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