Throughout the month of December, most of our students participated in the “Hour of Code”. A global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries, the “Hour of Code” acts as an introduction to computer science. Designed to demystify “code”, it proves that anybody can learn the basics, all while broadening participation in the field of computer science.
Many will argue that nowadays, everyone should have the opportunity to learn computer science. It helps nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity, while providing a solid foundation for success in any 21st-century career path.
Mazo students were given the opportunity to tinker with various programming activities. Supported by a strong team of mentors, students and staff explored robotics, programming BeeBot, Dash and Ozobots. Many also visited the code.org website and learned to program some of their favourite characters and gaming platforms like Moana, Minecraft and Code Academy (The Foos).
The library was a hub of activity, and all of the participants (staff and students alike) quickly realized that computer science is fun and creative. Furthermore, it was obvious that coding really is accessible at all ages, for all students!
It was an overwhelming success… to the point that many teachers and students have decided to go beyond one hour – to learn for a whole day or a whole week or longer, and many students have decided to enroll in courses and workshops as a result.
And so… our computer science journey continues!