What is Hour of Code?
The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in more than 180 countries. Simply put, it is a one-hour introduction to Computer Science, designed to demystify “code,” to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science.
The Hour of Code has become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with 1-hour coding activities, but expanding to all sorts of community efforts. The grassroots campaign is supported by over 400 partners and 200,000 educators worldwide. Typically held during Computer Science Education Week, due to scheduling conflicts, BK scheduled its first-ever event for November 29.
Research indicates that the ability to write code could very well be the next big divide for getting jobs in the near future. Here are some interesting statistics compiled by Code.org:
- 90% of parents want their child to study computer science, but only 40% of schools teach it
- 71% of all new jobs in STEM are in computing, but only 8% of STEM graduates are in Computer Science
- Women who try AP Computer Science in high school are ten times more likely to major in it in college, and Black and Hispanic students are seven times more likely.
- A computer science major has the potential to earn 40% more in their lifetime than the average college major
- Computing jobs are the #1 source of new wages in the US. There are approximately 500k current openings for computer science jobs across every industry and in every state.
- Computer jobs openings are projected to grow at twice the rate of all other jobs
Source: www.hourofcode.com, the official Hour of Code website from Code.org
How did Bishop Kenny participate?
Bishop Kenny’s Hour of Code took place during “Flex mod,” a weekly study and activity period that is part of our new bell schedule. Spearheaded by Mr. Scott Thomas, our AP Computer Science Principles teacher, along with members of the Academic and Technology departments, students first installed the Swift Playgrounds app, an introductory coding app developed by Apple, to their school issued iPads. Using the app, students participated in an Hour of Code “playground” where they learned fundamental coding skills while playing a game. The goal of this activity was to spark student interest in coding and to show that anyone really can learn to code!