All 800 students at Rollins Place Elementary in Zachary have learned coding, or some of the basics of it, through a global movement called Hour of Code.
Launched in 2013, the nonprofit code.org works to expand access to computer science and by increasing participation from women and underrepresented students of color.
The idea is that every student has the opportunity to learn computer science and that computer science should be part of the core curriculum, alongside biology, chemistry and algebra courses.
In Hour of Code, teachers and students new to computer science are introduced to programming through fun activities and hourlong tutorials. At Rollins Place Elementary, administrators, teachers and students kicked off their own Hour of Code on Jan. 19 with an assembly followed by some coding in the classroom.
Fun coding activities were scheduled in the students’ physical education, art and music classes after they learned more about how technology works and how to create software applications, school officials said.
Lessons included learning how technology impacts students’ lives through examples that interest both boys and girls and listing examples as a class of how code is used in everyday life.
City and school leaders, as well as school board members were invited to attend the Hour of Code weeklong event that ended Jan. 22.
During some sessions, students interacted with a Lego robot they programmed through the coding they learned.
“The event was a huge success,” Principal Jennifer Marangos said.