From code.org, "Code.org is a nonprofit dedicated to expanding access to computer science in schools and increasing participation by women and underrepresented minorities. Our vision is that every student in every school has the opportunity to learn computer science, just like biology, chemistry or algebra. Code.org provides the leading curriculum for K-12 computer science in the largest school districts in the United States and Code.org also organizes the annual Hour of Code campaign which has engaged 15% of all students in the world. Code.org is supported by generous donors including Amazon."
The Hour of Code is held during December in celebration of Navy rear admiral Grace Hopper, one of the founders of COBOL programming language and the engineer who coined the term "bug" to mean a computer defect after finding a moth in a mainframe computer.
Despite having missed the initial deadlines with my November start date, my fantastic and dedicated Amazon colleague Jacqueline Olliges enabled me to order swag including stickers, Amazon Future Engineer certificates of completion for students, and t-shirts for volunteers. The look on students' faces when receiving their stickers and certificates was priceless. They felt so proud having spent the hour learning about coding and imagining a future in engineering.
|Amazon Future Engineer sticker
|Amazon Future Engineer certificate
|Dance Party from Blain's perspective
|Katia Inezian, 4th grade, creating a Dance Party scene
|Aiden Alexander, 3rd grade, codes using Dance Party
|Chloe Alexander, 3rd grade, finished her Dance Party level
|Charis watches 5th grader Blain Assefa's creation
|Using the drag and drop Sketch interface to teach programming
|5th graders Blain Assefa and Yasniris
|Hazel Hartung, third grade
|De'Ana Florence, Philbrick science teacher and Zipei Wei, Amazon volunteer, assist 5th grade students
Science teacher De'Ana Florence graciously welcomed me and my colleague Zipei into her classroom. We had an excellent, memorable time and can't wait to return for next December's Hour of Code.