The Hour of Code is a one-hour activity (during Computer Science Education Week) where students of all ages participate in self-guided, online tutorials to learn the language of computer coding.
Introduced in 2013, Code.org set a goal to have 10 million people participate in the Hour of Code and surpassed their objective with over 16 million. In 2014 they hoped to reach 100 million and exceeded that number with 133 million – making it the largest education event in history!
This year, in 2015, they aim to influence 200 million students across the globe by teaching fundamental computer concepts that help nurture problem solving and creativity.
La Joya ISD schools are joining the tens of millions of students around the world with The Hour of Code.
“Our district understands the power of technology and how technology touches every part of our lives. We want to instill in our students the freedom to build anything they can imagine using computer programming,” stated Mrs. Clem Garza, Director of Instructional Resources and Technology at La Joya ISD.
The reality is that 90% of schools don’t teach computer science. This movement serves as an introduction to millions everywhere that becoming a computer scientist isn’t as scary as it sounds. That if we want to keep on the cutting edge of our technology-driven lifestyle then acquiring computer-coding skills is a must.
Throughout the week of December 7 -13th, the La Joya Independent School District is supporting Computer Science Education Week by mandating that every campus in the district be a part of the Hour of Code. Activities in every grade level are scheduled to take place, which allow students to experience the world of coding and realize that anyone can learn the basics to be a maker, a creator, and an innovator.