from Kara Zutter, Colfax Business and Information Technology instructor
Computers are everywhere as we all know. Learning the basics of computer science helps nurture creativity and problem solving skills, and prepares students for many of the possible jobs they may be applying for in the future.
In one week last year, 15 million students tried computer science. Computer science was on homepages of Google, MSN, Yahoo! and Disney. President Obama, musician Shakira and actor Ashton Kutcher all kicked off the Hour of Code with videos. Over 100 partners came together to support this movement.
As part of the Hour of Code movement which was aimed at getting 100 million students worldwide to participate in during the week of Dec. 8-14, Zutter and middle school math teacher Carl Rudi both had their students join in for the largest learning event in history.
The Hour of Code, organized by the nonprofit Code.org and over 100 others, is a statement that today’s generation of students is ready to learn critical skills for 21st century success.
“The Hour of Code is designed to demystify code and show that computer science is not rocket science and that anyone can learn the basics,” according to Hadi Partovi, founder and CEO of Code.org. “We are aiming for 100 million students worldwide to prove that the demand for relevant 21st century computer science education crosses all borders and knows no boundaries,” she added.