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Stevenson Elementary students practiced their coding skills during Hour of Code on December 3-7, 2018. Hour of Code, created by nonprofit Code.org, is a worldwide program designed to introduce students to computer science and show that coding is accessible to everyone. Celebrated annually during Computer Science Education Week, Stevenson students have been participating in the initiative for four years.
Kindergarten and 1st grade students learned from Code.org’s Computer Science Fundamentals Coursework. The lessons taught students how to program using commands like loops and events. They also created their own custom games and stories, all while learning how to collaborate and problem-solve.
During the 2nd, 3rd and 4th grader’s Hour of Code, students had the opportunity to code, get creative and even dance through this year’s featured activity, “Dance Party.” This tutorial teaches students how to code their own dances by selecting characters, dance moves, measures, music and more. As they curated all the significant details, students were thrilled to see their work come to fruition as they excitedly participated in the dances that they coded themselves.
“Every year, our students love Hour of Code week, but this year was one of the favorites,” said Stevenson English Language (EL) teacher Dianne Rae, who helped to bring Hour of Code to the school. “A lot of our students commented that this was the most fun that they have had with coding. The dance moves, music, and creativity with this tutorial was very engaging for our students.”
Nearly 50 Stevenson students also participate in Code Camp, an after-school activity that is part of Learning Academy, a Fridley Public Schools educational support program for elementary and middle school students. Additionally, students will continue working on Computer Science Fundamentals coursework throughout the school year, further encouraging students’ interest in the fast-growing career field of computer science.
Stevenson students enjoyed new activity, "Dance Party" during this year's Hour of Code from December 3-7, 2018. This tutorial teaches students how to code their own dances by selecting characters, dance moves, measures, music and more.