Students throughout the Tippecanoe School Corporation are participating in a global effort to spark interest in computer sciences called "Hour of Code." The campaign takes place each year during Computer Science Education Week.
"It's all about demystifying computer programming," explains McCutcheon High School technology and engineering teacher Zach McKeever. "These are simple, fun activities that all students can do to introduce them to coding. We hope it will spark interest in future classes and careers."
Students in communications, technology and engineering classes chose between Star Wars, Minecraft and sports-related themes, while sophomore Luke Trapp and two friends chose "Dance Party." The team created a routine that included having characters floss, dab and do other dance moves.
"We just wanted to have fun and be creative with it," says Luke. The team ended up demonstrating the routine in front of the class for extra credit.
Students as young as kindergarten also participated in Hour of Code. Mayflower Mill Elementary School teacher Claire Brown had her students learning how to program a game character so it could get through an obstacle course. There was a lot of trial and error, but also a lot of cheers and laughter.
Hour of Code is designed to introduce students to computer science, inspire students to learn more, break stereotypes and leave them feeling empowered.