Hour of Code: Anybody Can Learn

Middle school girls during the Hour of Code
Middle school girls during the Hour of Code at CCSC

CCSC students were among the estimated 15 MILLION young people worldwide participating in this week’s Hour of Code. Organized by the nonprofit Code.org, the event offered free online tutorials designed to introduce students of all ages to computer programming.

With technology driving the state’s economic growth and job creation, coding is a critical 21st century skill that is not yet offered in most schools — but this week’s Hour of Code is a taste of what’s to come. CCSC trustee Steve Vinter of Google chairsĀ MassCAN, a public-private partnership dedicated to expanding computer programming education to students across the state.

Physics teacher Marna Eckels coordinated the Hour of Code event at CCSC, and students in all grades got a chance to try simple coding exercises, which they can continue at home if they wish. Ms. Eckles teaches a coding elective to a group of juniors and seniors who were on hand to help younger students.

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