Wewahitchka Elementary third-graders participate in “Hour of Code”

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The third-graders in Mr. John Huft’s class were among some 10 million students participating in the “Hour of Code.”

Special to The Star
Published: Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 08:48 AM.

Getting students engaged in technology as early as possible is one of the goals of the “Hour of Code”, a nationwide campaign held last week to enhance interest in computer sciences.

The two third-grade classrooms at Wewahitchka Elementary were among students participating.

The campaign was the brainchild of Hadi Partovi of Code.org who five months ago came up with a simple idea: get 10 million students to try one hour of computer science.

The movement grew such that the program received a Google Doodle, had every Apple retail store in America holding an “Hour of Code” workshop and the president and federal legislators on both sides of the aisle calling on every student to learn to program.

Fewer than 2.4 percent of college students graduate with a degree in computer science. Meanwhile, computer programming jobs are growing twice as fast as the national average, according to code.org.

As of last Thursday afternoon, students across the nation had written 370 million lines of code. The goal was for five million students in 34,000 classrooms in 167 countries to participate in the first “Hour of Code” last week.

Included in those numbers and classrooms were the third-grade classrooms at Wewahitchka Elementary School.



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