In support of Hour of Code™ we offered a number of one-hour introductory programming events for kids in grades 1-8 on December 3 & 10. These events were fun and educational and opened kids minds up to what they can create with code.
These coding programs were intended to be an introduction to computer science and help kids determine their interest in the computer sciences. Kids who attended the free programming events were able to code their own computer program using Scratch or video game using Kodu. All programming events were held at our activity center in North Royalton, OH.
We offered these coding programs for free to children in the area because we believe giving kids access to STEM education is very important because of the opportunities it can create for their future. According to Code.org, in 2015, 7 million job openings in the U.S. were in occupations that highly value coding skills. And, no matter what kids do when they grow up, whether they go into medicine, business, education, or the arts, knowing how to create with technology will give them a competitive edge.
Although these sessions were some of the first programs offered in our new Activity Center, Classroom Antics Program Manager, Toby Foote states, “the success of these events and our belief in the importance of STEM education for children are key reasons we plan on offering more enrichment programs at the Activity Center in the future.”
The Hour of Code™ is a nationwide initiative by Computer Science Education Week and Code.org to introduce millions of students to one hour of computer science and computer programming.