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All HISD schools encouraged to compete in ‘Hour of Code’

2014 November 20
by HISD Communications

Exercise is a part of an awareness campaign during Computer Science Education Week

When you think of a computer programmer, what do you envision? A solitary figure staring at a computer screen in a windowless room? What an inaccurate stereotype! Computer programming, also known as coding, is a creative endeavor with applications all around us. We can find coding in theatrical performances, fashion design, and even the music industry. Careers in fields such as these blend coding with student interests and lead to high-paying, in-demand jobs.

During the week of Dec. 8–14, all HISD schools are encouraged to give their students a taste of what programmers do for a living by participating in the Hour of Code initiative. The event challenges students in grades K–12 to create code for at least one hour during Computer Science Education Week. Its goal is to “demystify code and show that computer science is not rocket science,” said Hadi Partovi, the founder and CEO of Code.org. “Anybody can learn the basics.”

Each classroom that registers at hourofcode.com is eligible to win one of several prizes, including a class trip to Washington D.C. For more information on how to run an hour of code at your school, watch the short video included.

TEACHERS: What is your campus doing? Share your plans for the Hour of Code by sending an email to news@houstonisd.org or check out this article on Clifton Middle School’s “girls-only” coding class for inspiration. You can also post notes about your activities using the #HISDecoded hashtag during coding week, and members of the district’s Communications team will retweet your postings.

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