By Mrs. Susan Danner
“Howdy-Do!!”, exclaims Dash as he is turned on and synced with the iPad. Dash is one of several robot platforms that are being utilized by lower school students to learn coding.
We live in a world surrounded by technology. Computer science is foundational for every industry today. We know that whatever field our students choose to go into as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly depend on understanding how technology works. Did you know that computing is the #1 source of wages in the U.S.? There are more than 500,000 computing jobs open nationwide, but last year only 42,969 computer science students graduated into the workforce.
At YCDS, the good news is, we’re working to change this. We will be joining more than 100 million students who have participated in The Hour of Code. The Hour of Code, organized by the nonprofit Code.org and over 100 others, is a global movement that believes the students of today are ready to learn critical skills for 21st century success. With The Hour of Code, computer science has been on homepages of Google, MSN, Yahoo! and Disney. Over 100 partners have joined together to support this movement. Every Apple Store in the world has hosted an Hour of Code. President Obama wrote his first line of code as part of the campaign.
In recognition of their participation in The Hour of Code, each lower school student will receive a sticker and a certificate of completion. Middle School Students will be completing coding tutorials that are relevant to class content. Upper School students will view a video promoting the career options in computer science, the importance of these skills, and the estimated gap in skills versus jobs. We will be tracking each hour spent by students (and teachers) by class with a visual display in the Engineering and Robotics windows.
While we will be participating in The Hour of Code 2016 as a special series of events during Computer Science Education Week, December 5-11, we are proud that our students at York Country Day School participate in activities that engage systems thinking and problem solving every day.
If your student participates in The Hour of Code from home, share their experience with #ycdsHourofCode!