For the second year in a row students from Kindergarten through 8th grade celebrated Computer Science week by taking part in the Hour of Code activities sponsored by Code.org. The Hour of Code is a global movement to introduce computer programming to students designed to show that anyone can learn the basics of coding. While many schools join the activities for the week, St. Mary's students have been learning the basics of coding for over a month. All of the students have been learning computational thinking, as well as programming specific language. Learning to code using the tutorials from Code.org has given students the opportunity to think logically, share ideas, create, develop problem-solving skills, and learn the meaning of perseverance through personal experience. Originally, only 1st through 8th grades were going to go through the course work, however, after the Hour of Code activity, one kindergarten student requested his own account so that "the computer will remember where I stopped for the class!" The rest of the class chimed in for theirs- and they have been coding up a storm since! The certificate of completion that lines the walls outside the computer lab is just the beginning for these new coders. For more photos click here.
School News 2014-2015
Learning the Basics of Coding