Students at Zachry Middle School will have the opportunity to learn the basics of Computer Science the week of December 9. The activities, titled "The Hour of Code" are found at Code.org, which is sponsored by many of the leading technology companies. The site and activities are endorsed by educational associations, educators, political leaders, well-known actors, professional athletes, astronauts, to name a few.
Students, teachers and parents are invited to participate. It's a great family activity at home also! Activites are self-paced and go from the most basic of skills to the more advanced. They're free, fun and engaging.
Did you know the United States is looking at a shortage of one million programmers in the years ahead? This is a great opportunity for our students to learn coding, what it takes to be a computer programmer, and skills needed and education needed . To learn more, click on Computer Science Education Week. Check out the videos "The Hour of Code is coming" and "how to". Students can learn skills through online activities or even without the use of computers.
Although the option to participate by teachers is optional, we hope many of the Zachry teachers will do this activity with students during 3rd period advisory next week. We want to thank Mrs. Laura Barrera, GT / English teacher, who brought this idea to our campus and presented it to our teachers. She's been doing coding with her GT students, who have been very successful and are really engaged in the activities.
Enjoy and happy coding!