From 0 to 1: Scholars to Particpate in an Hour of Code

December 6, 2016

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Photo by The Catalyst -- ASK scholars will participate in an hour of coding -- a global movement that promotes education in the computer sciences.

Photo by The Catalyst —
ASK scholars will participate in an hour of coding — a global movement that promotes education in the computer sciences.

 

By Sarah Schlappa

This Thursday, scholars will have a chance to participate in a world-wide programming event after school.

The Hour of Code is an international event that occurs during the Computer Science Education Week from December 5-11 for students, parents or anybody who is interested in learning how to code. It was founded in 2012 by Code.org, a non-profit dedicated to expanding the  participation of women and underrepresented minorities in the computer science field.

This is the first year ASK will participate and host the Hour of Code. Middle school manager Cheryl Kerby, who is heading the project, said she discovered it at the school she last worked at. “We had people from HP come and help us and they actually contacted me this year and asked if we are going to do it and if they could be part of it. So they will come in,” Kerby said.

On Thursday, from 4 to 5 p.m., Kerby, along with eight cooperative people from Hewlett-Packard, will offer a workshop where everybody gets the chance to find their talent in coding. “The supporter from HP are all volunteers; they are not being paid. They just believe that more people need to know how to code. And that’s true–nowadays, you can get really good jobs when you can code, especially as a woman because there are always more females needed in the computer science field,” Kerby said. 

The coding programs are, in general, self-explanatory, but Kerby and the volunteers from HP are there to help answer all questions. Depending on the coding skills of the scholars who show up and are interested in participating, the attendees will work with either Scratch or Processing language.

Currently 22 scholars have signed up to participate; all are welcome. For those interested, there is a sign up sheet on the door of Room 102, or contact Mrs. Kerby. 

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