On November 24, 2015, WSR Middle School students kicked off Thanksgiving Break by "Getting Cozy with Coding." The goal of this 5-8 school-wide event was to introduce and create interest in coding (computer science).
The Hour of Code event started with an all school assembly. Guest speaker Nick Flege, former WSR grad, shared how WSR prepared him on his path to becoming a computer engineering major at Iowa State University. Emily Upton, Lead Analytics Engineer, shared the importance of algebra, graphing, and data collection in her career. Dale Santoiemma, inspired students with details of his exciting career in graphic art, see some of Dale's work here. Instructional Coach Kari Staack reminded students of the importance of having a growth mindset and the benefits of productive struggle when it comes to problem solving while coding.
Following the assembly, students spent an hour learning how to write code through a game-based program, code.org. Numerous parents also joined in the coding fun alongside their child! Experienced student coding ambassadors partnered with classrooms in need of coding support to provide an extra layer of support.
Looking ahead, High School students will participate in an Hour of Code event on December 16th. For more information on the global movement, Hour of Code, click here.
What Did You Learn By Participating in an Hour of Code?
"I've always wanted to create my own game, and I learned that I can with coding!" - Alexis C., 6th Grader
"Every piece of technology uses coding, and the coding tells the technology what to do! " - Carson R., 5th Grader
"Coding can be challenging at first, but it gets better and more fun as you keep doing it." - Ashley C., 7th Grader
"Persevere through the tough times because you can do it!" - Bella H., 7th Grader
Huge thanks to our wonderful assembly speakers:
Special thanks to the Middle School Tech Cadre for all the time and planning you put into making this event a success!
Thank you to MS teachers, associates, and parents for investing your time, support, and energy in exposing our students to computer science!
Blog post written by Sarah Lalk, Instructional Coach
WHAT IS CODING?
"Our MTSS student ambassadors did a great job and felt very empowered by assisting others [during the coding event]. Feedback from teachers was good, and a few of them were coding, as well!"
So, you did an
Hour of Code,
48.3% (226) It was awesome! Let's do this again!
24.6% (115) It was interesting. I've learned something new today.
18.8% (88) It was ok.
8.3% (39) I would have preferred a normal school day.
Want to learn more about coding?
29.5% (138) Yes
50.4% (236) Maybe
20.1% (94) No
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