The Hour of Code: Inspiring Students Across Disciplines

It didn't take long for Kindergarten students to master the programming of their robot, 'Coji' and send it across the table with circular motion and emojis...and lots of laughs. The students were participating in the school-wide Hour of Code, on December 8, during Sue Laramie's robotics class. Young students were learning how to manipulate symbolic lines of code and write their own code for the Ozobots and Dash & Dot robots while older students across campus were programming in Python and JavaScript. "The robots empower and lay the foundation for more complex programming languages," said Ally Noel, MS Computer Science Faculty.

The Hour of Code began four years ago in an effort to bring computer science programs into K-12 education. It began as a national effort and has now expanded world wide - even President Obama wrote his first line of code in 2014 during this event. Computer Science Education Week was selected to take place this particular week to honor Admiral Grace Hopper, the first woman programmer who developed the Cobol Programming Language.

Advanced programming students in the Upper School were ambassadors during the event this year. Throughout the first few months of the school year, they programmed in Java and covered the more complex issues including loops, if/else statements and boolean logic. "This knowledge and skill allowed them the opportunity to teach and assist their peers during the Hour of Code. It is important that King be a part of this opportunity to learn how to create technology. The Hour of Code lesson plans and activities can be used to inspire students in many different areas, such as science, math, physics, history and more," said Sue Heintz, Chair of the Computer Science and Digital Applications.

"We hope that students gain an understanding that even Mark Zuckerberg had to start at the beginning. A solid understanding of computer programming and coding will empower students to think creatively and utilize these skills across all disciplines," said Ms. Noel.