Schools celebrate National Computer Science Week by learning about computer programming

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Students at O.W. Holmes Middle School capped off National Computer Science Week by dedicating one hour last month to learning about computer programming.

The “Hour of Code” is organized by Code.org and started as a one-hour introduction to computer science meant to demystify the “code” that goes on under the hood of a computer. Students at O.W. Holmes were guided through game-like programs by volunteers from Amazon. This exposure to coding helped them see future career opportunities at technology companies like Amazon.

Meanwhile, Anne Frank Elementary had hundreds of students earn certifications by participating in Hour of Code, and several aspiring coders took the programs to the next level by programming at home and turning into a hobby. Jeni Baldwin, the school’s GT teacher, signed up as an official host for the second year as part of an effort to expand the computer science education at the school. Carla Ford, the computer science elective teacher, continued using the hourofcode.org program with hundreds more students during the week.

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