By Jennifer Stoltz, Technology Integration Specialist
As parents, we are charged with the daunting task of teaching our children everything we know. But sometimes the world changes faster than we can keep up. We suddenly realize the skills we polished and honed growing up may not meet the needs of our 21st-century offspring. That can be both humbling and intimidating.
That’s why Charlotte Prep is once again joining in one of the largest learning events in history, The Hour of Code, during Computer Science Education Week (December 4-10). More than 100 million students worldwide have already tried an Hour of Code.
The Hour of Code started as a 60-minute introduction to computer science designed to demystify “code,” to show that anybody can learn the basics and to broaden participation in the field of computer science (check out tutorials and activities). It has since become a worldwide celebration of computer science that begins with 1 hour of coding activities but then expands to further opportunities. This grassroots campaign is supported by more than 400 partners and 200,000 educators worldwide.
At Charlotte Prep, we use the month of December and the Hour of Code events to kick off our coding activities which continue through January and beyond. This year students grades in K-6 will be participating in a variety of activities from Kodable, Scratch, and Code Monkey. Our goal is to nurture problem-solving skills, logic, and creativity. By starting early, students will have a foundation for success in any 21st-century career path.
I hope that every Prep family takes advantage of the Hour of Code phenomenon. If you are already comfortable with coding, share some tricks with your kids. They’re eager to learn! If you’re new to coding, take this opportunity to let your child introduce you to this much-needed 21st-century skill. You might be surprised at how much fun it is!