As part of a nationwide awareness of the importance of 21st century skills, Hour of Code participation is increasing in schools, even in theose areas where computer science is not part of the curriculum.
Some students think that in order to create programs on a computer, you have to be a genius. But with Hour of Code, they are discovering that they can do this, with step by step instruction.
Olivia Veigle had the idea that average students could not learn computer programming. But after the Hour of Code was featured at Annunciation Catholic Academy in Altamonte Springs, the eighth grader had a different idea.
“You don’t have to be a genius to figure this out,” she said. “At first I was skeptical, but it is good we are doing it. It can influence your life later.”
Hour of Code encourages students to spend at least one hour learning to code. The idea is to expose students early to programming skills and help them develop problem solving skills.