Coding is contagious

Caution. Coding can be contagious. Once caught it can lead to critical thinking, problem solving skills, and perseverance. Other side effects may include confidence and resilience, but may also be complicated by varying degrees of happiness ranging from enthusiastic to ecstatic.

That was the case this past month at Beckett Farm PS where nearly 600 students, from K to 8, took part in the Hour of Code.

Hour of Code is a global initiative to get students interested in computer science. Since its start in 2013, it has grown into an annual event involving over 100 million students from 180 countries. People like Bill Gates, Barack Obama, and Malala Yousafzai have been at the forefront of famous names to encourage students, of all ages and backgrounds, to take an hour and learn to code.

This year’s event at BFPS (our 2nd) was greatly anticipated as it included Star Wars, and Frozen among the programming choices. My grade 6 class stepped-up as amazing in-school ambassadors sharing coding with our Kindergarten and Primary students. What was awesome to witness was how naturally each of our students shared their enthusiasm for coding across age and gender lines.

In fact, this year’s Hour of Code Among saw the largest number of girls to ever try computer science in history. Hour of Code provides a great way to shrink the diversity gap in computer science by fostering interest and giving access to students at the earliest ages. By doing so, we can cultivate their confidence and skills to code and create into the future.

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