by Bradley Meyer, 21st Century Learning Specialist
Computer Science Education Week is next week and Holy Trinity second grade teacher Mrs. Foster has gotten a jump start on the activities in her classroom with coding. The popular term “coding” refers to computer code, or learning to program computer software. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 22 percent growth in computer science jobs over the next 10 years in this high-paying field. It is never too early to see which students may have an interest in computer science.
Students in Mrs. Foster’s class are using the Hour of Code website, Code.org, to learn programming skills – and are creating some inspiring designs in the process. Students use a block programming language, like that in the popular programming interface for kids called Scratch, to move characters, add sounds, and create visuals. Students build their programs, and then test and fine tune their creations. They click the “Show Code” button to see what they have written in computer code. The students really enjoy the experience and are learning much more than just coding. They must be able to sequence, know their degrees and directions, and use mathematics to successfully complete their levels. Many of Mrs. Foster’s students can’t wait to complete their classwork to use their spare time coding.
In honor of Computer Science Education Week, we will be hosting “CSEd Night” in the Lower School Library on Wednesday, December 9th, at 5:30 p.m. We will start off with pizza on the patio and then move inside to design and create with our new laser cutter. Families are welcome to sign up here (students must attend with an adult). I hope to see you there!