Lower School News

A Celebration of Coding in the Lower School
Dianne Willoughby, Editorial Manager
Hour of Code aims to broaden participation across gender, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups.

“Look at this!” and “Yeah, it works!” were popular phrases heard on Friday, December 7, when Nueva’s first, third, and fourth graders joined millions of students around the world for an Hour of Code, a global movement to demystify computer science. As part of the worldwide Computer Science Education Week,* the Hour of Code – deemed by Nueva Interim I-Lab Director Angi Chau as a “Celebration of Coding” ­– aims to broaden participation across gender, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups to show that computer science can be fun, creative, and accessible for all ages regardless of background.

This year, students selected among nearly 20 small-group activities hosted by teachers and parent volunteers. They used Scratch to animate holiday scenes and code a car racing game, created a rainbow brush pen using Javascript, and learned coding skills with Awbie by Osmo. There were also “unplugged” offerings that developed students’ algorithmic thinking, practiced sorting routine methodologies, and required them to do some step-by-step debugging to reach their goals.

 

 

* Fun Fact: Computer Science Education Week is held annually in recognition of the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (December 9, 1906).



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Three students huddle around a laptop during Hour of Code

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