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WDMCS Does Hour of Code

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Students with Governor Terry Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds.

Governor Terry Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds kicked off Iowa’s Computer Science Education Week with a press conference held at Jordan Creek Elementary on Dec. 7.

Branstad officially proclaimed Dec. 7–13 Computer Science Education Week in Iowa at the conference. He was invited by Jordan Creek teacher Aaron Witt, whose students spoke at the conference and were able to meet Branstad and Reynolds.

The conference was just one element of the district’s Hour of Code participation this year. Many WDMCS schools held Hour of Code events, and the district hosted an Hour of Code event at the Learning Resource Center on Dec. 10. Students and their families completed the one-hour coding tutorials provided on code.org. Information about furthering students’ learning and study of computer science was available from district curriculum directors.

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Students and families code together at the district Hour of Code event.

The Hour of Code is organized by Code.org, “a non-profit dedicated to expanding access to computer science….” Participants complete the provided tutorials during Computer Science Education Week. The tutorials are family-friendly and entertaining, featuring characters from Disney’s “Frozen,” “Star Wars,” and more.

Previous coding knowledge or experience is not needed, as the tutorials help students explore and learn coding fundamentals. The tutorials are available in 40 languages for participants across the globe. Bill Gates, Malala Yousafzai, President Barack Obama, and many other individuals and companies are Hour of Code supporters and participants.

Participation in the Hour of Code and Computer Science Education Week is part of continuous district efforts to increase students’ technology skills. The ability to succeed increasingly hinges on the understanding of technology.

Find out more at code.org, and by following #HourofCode on social media.