Computer Science Education Week took place this year from December 8 to 12. In recognition of the event, Ross students in grades 1–6 participated in the Hour of Code, an annual, global, grassroots movement to introduce young children to the basics of computer programming. The idea is to let them work with coding directly to take the mystery out of computer science and to help them build critical-thinking skills. Over 70 million students in more than 180 countries joined the effort this past week.
“Systems thinking is an integral part of the Ross curriculum, and the students will continue to learn to code as part of their technology studies throughout the school year,” said Cortney Propper, Media Studies and Instructional Technology teacher at the Ross Lower School.
This is the second year that Ross Lower School students participated in the Hour of Code event. During the week, the students worked in pairs to help Frozen characters Elsa and Anna carve snowflakes and other patterns while ice skating, learn basic “drag and drop” programming for smartphones and tablets, and even discover how to create basic gaming apps for the iPad.
Each student received a certificate for completing their hour of code, and those who wrote the most lines of code in each grade were awarded prizes.
“Computer science is part of students’ daily lives, at school and at home. It’s so empowering for them to take a look at how things work, and realize that they, too, can use technology to create something unique,” Cortney said.