This past December, students at Ellis Elementary School participated in the first nationwide Hour of Code, in which students all over the nation learned computer coding. The Hour of Code was held December 9-13 as a part of National Computer Science Education Week (http://csedweek.org), an annual program dedicated to inspiring K-12 students to take interest in computer science.
A handful of students got a head start on coding earlier this year. About 25 students in grades 4-5 at Ellis were chosen by their teachers based on their academic performance and leadership skills to participate in a new after-school program focused in Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics called STEM. All of Ellis’ students, K-5, were able to participate in the Hour of Code during National Computer Science Week. Computer science is social and collaborative. When students partner up, they help each other and rely less on the teacher. The students at Ellis were so inspired about what they learned that they will be participating again next year in the Hour of Code. The Hour of Code is just the first step on a journey for the students at Ellis Elementary School to learn more about how technology works and how to create software applications through coding.
To read the original San Jose Mercury article from December 18, 2013 please visit: http://www.mercurynews.com/cupertino/ci_24753279/ellis-elementary-participates-nationwide-hour-code
Article by Deborah Dodge