The second week in December is the Hour of Code Week. This is a global celebration and awareness of computer science. This past year, over 200 million students participated in the Hour of Code. Basically it's "field day" for the entertainment technology teachers.
The past two years, our schools have participated in the Hour of Code, and even had school-wide celebrations. I love giving the classroom teachers, parents, and administrators an opportunity to see what what students are learning in my classroom.
My friend Chris Beaman, who is a local programmer, came and spoke to the students about the importance of computer science, and how young students can change the world with their skills. After he spoke, students had the opportunity to play Minecraft on Code.Org. My students are HUGE fans, so they were extremely excited to have the opportunity to play. We also got to showcase some of our robots, and showed the teachers how we can use angles to bowl with them. As one of the kids said, "This is the best day ever." I am very fortunate that computer science is not something that's just taught once a week. I am thankful to teach these skills to students every day.
Sometimes I forget to take pictures because I am so busy. Here's some posted on our school facebook page by one of our fabulous PTA moms!
Click here to see video from a local news station about our Hour of Code week celebration.