Coding programs are becoming more popular in schools, and the Hour of Code classes are a big part of that accessibility.
In Missoula county Public Schools, an afterschool event at Lewis and Clark elementary school featured one hour coding tutorials during Computer Science Education Week. The objective for the fourth and fifth graders was to made the Angry Bird catch the Bad Piggy.
The program was helped by a recent $1,500 grant from the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation, and the intent is to expand opportunities further for coding instruction in the schools.
The grant was awarded to ChickTech, a nonprofit dedicated to encouraging girls to pursue technology careers. The money will be used to start afterschool coding clubs at elementary schools in the district.
The students are excited to try working with technology at a young age. They have had enthusiastic response to coding clubs and computer science classes in middle and high schools.