All 368 students at Glenwood Elementary will participate in one of the largest CODE education events in history. The Hour of Code will be held December 8-14, and Glenwood Elementary is the only school chosen in Tennessee to receive $10,000 from Code.org to buy technology for bringing these critical skills to students.
Google, Microsoft, Apple, President Obama, Bill Gates, Shakira, and Ashton Kutcher have all backed the Hour of Code, an Oak Ridge Schools press release said. More than 100 partners are coming together to support this global movement. So far, 47 million students have tried the Hour of Code. The Hour of Code movement is aiming for 100 million students.
On Tuesday, December 9, at 2:30 p.m. Oak Ridge Schools Assistant Superintendent Christopher Marczak will present the $10,000 prize and speak on the importance of bringing computer science into the schools.
The press release said the Hour of Code is a campaign to prove that regardless of age, race, or gender, anyone can learn how to build the technologies of the future.
Volunteers from Oak Ridge’s scientific community and Roane State Community College will work with elementary school children as part of Hour of Code, according to a Roane State press release. Here’s more information from that release:
Oak Ridge elementary schools to participate in nationwide Hour of Code
Oak Ridge elementary school students will learn computer science basics and work side-by-side with computer science professionals the week of December 8 as part of a nationwide effort called Hour of Code.
All four Oak Ridge elementary schools are participating in Hour of Code, a campaign to excite children about computer science. Hour of Code is part of Computer Science Education Week from December 8-14. Code.org, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting computer science education, organizes Hour of Code and provides resources for educators.
Participating schools devote time during the week for students to try fun, hands-on coding activities.
Oak Ridge’s Glenwood Elementary School, Linden Elementary School, Willow Brook Elementary School, and Woodland Elementary will participate in Hour of Code. STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) coaches and technology teachers from each school are organizing activities.
Volunteers “Hour of Code engages students on every level,” said Keith Jackson, an Oak Ridge High School math and computer science teacher who is helping the elementary schools with Hour of Code. “They learn hands-on in a fun way that demystifies coding. By working with our volunteers, students also make a connection between the classroom and long-term career opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math.”
To learn more about Hour of Code, visit http://hourofcode.com.