Last year our student participated in the world wide Hour of Code event during computer science week. This year we will be doing the same but we want to take it a step further. Any students, parents, or other family members wanting to try coding please contact Mr. Husson-Matter to generate log in credentials. You can do it yourself but after our school wrote over 16000 lines of code in only 2 days we want a bigger challenge, 1 million lines of code for the year!

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Hour of Code at MQE

About the Hour of Code

What is the Hour of Code?

The Hour of Code started as 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. It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with 1-hour coding activities but expanding to all sorts of community efforts. This grassroots campaign is supported by over 400 partners and 200,000 educators worldwide.
This year students at Mesquite Elementary participated in our first school wide Hour of Code event. The students were introduced to some of the basic programming that is used in developing some of the apps and games they they enjoy playing. Mesquite Elementary has pledged to go beyond the Hour of Code. We hope it’ll spark interest in students to keep learning. Research also shows that kids can pick up programming concepts before they know how to read and write. In fact, their brains are more receptive to computer languages at a young age, just like foreign languages.

Why is this important?

Technology is transforming every industry on the planet. In 2015, 7 million openings in the U.S. were in occupations—including art and design—that value coding skills. But 75 percent of schools in the U.S. don't teach computer science. It’s time for us to catch up to the 21st century. We know that regardless of what our students do when they grow up, whether they go into medicine, business, politics, or the arts, knowing how to build technology will give them confidence and a competitive edge.