NH schools gear up for Hour of Code


Vietnamese girls use a laptop and smart phones to go online at a cafe in Hanoi. Source AP

Jean Yang, a computer scientist and technology blogger, explains that "computer science is the study of what machines can do for us".

It's also global science education week and people of all ages are being encouraged to take part in an hour of code. Computer science can help nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity. The hour is an introduction to computer science to show the girls that anyone can learn the basics.

And as a father, I know that encouraging innovation doesn't just mean my boys are spending their afternoons playing on tablets or smartphones.

We have a lot planned throughout the world for Computer Science Education Week. This year's Computer Science Education Week started today and runs through December 10. The initiative was initially launched in the USA to "demystify the art of coding" and expand student participation in computer science.

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"The 'Hour of Codeā„¢' is a nationwide initiative by Computer Science Education Week and Code.org to introduce millions of students to one hour of computer science and computer programming". "Using Itelitek's CoderZ software platform, we built 50 virtual coding challenges that allow students to navigate robots through increasingly hard challenges".

And in New York, Jets wide receiver Jermaine Kearse will co-host an Hour of Code workshop at the flagship Microsoft Store in New York and interact with kids from the Jermaine Kearse Foundation 15 to 1, which supports youth in military families.

She says she has seen the benefits of coding across the education spectrum.

Also this week the girls are encouraged to post what they're learning about on social media using #girlsintechkc.

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This week, students and teachers across the globe will participate in coding activities and promote computer science education in schools. "When students use technology to create something of their own design by coding, it builds both technical skill and confidence - both of which are critical for success in the future".

As Mary Snapp, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Philanthropies, wrote on the Official Microsoft Blog last month, "Learning to think critically through coding is the single most important step students can take to prepare themselves to fully participate in, and benefit from, the digital economy".

Brooklyn schools will play a big part in the Hack League, thanks to Borough President Eric Adams' Code Brooklyn initiative, launched in 2015.

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