Hour of Code highlights need for computer science education (video)


Students at James S. Hogg Elementary already know how to create computer code, and they also know it’s not difficult.

“It’s fun, and it helps you learn,” said student Keeper Rendon, who is also on the school’s robotics team. “You don’t even realize it helps you learn, actually.”

On Monday, Dec. 7, Code.org presented a $10,000 check to the school to help it purchase even more technology for students to use, kicking off Computer Science Education Week and participating in an Hour of Code. Both are meant to highlight the need for computer science education by encouraging everyone to try their hand at computer coding for at least an hour. Schools across Dallas ISD will participate in Hour of Code.

“Technology is  where we’re going, and our students need to be exposed to all these types of experiences,” said Principal Jairo Casco. “We’re so grateful because we’re moving towards introducing our students to coding, to programming, and this will allow us to buy more laptops for our students.”

Mary Magellan, fundraising/partnership manager at Code.org, said the Hour of Code is the organization’s annual awareness campaign for coding and computer careers.

“During Hour of Code, Code.org awards one deserving school in each state a $10,000 technology check really celebrating their championship of computer science education at their school, and helping them to strengthen their computer science program for years to come,” Magellan said.






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