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Grady Kids Study Computer Science In 'Hour Of Code'

Students create code in the Grady library.
Students create code in the Grady library. Photo Credit: Elmsford Union Free School District

ELMSFORD, N.Y. -- Alice E. Grady students in grades two through six joined millions of kids around the world during the week of Monday, Dec. 8, in an "Hour of Code," a special initiative to highlight the importance of computer science and the importance of learning computer programming.

Every student who came to the Grady library that week was given a tablet and access to code.org, where they took a tutorial on the basic concepts of writing code.

Library media specialist Kim Sparber introduced the initiative and helped students dive into the self-guided lessons.

"It was incredible to watch the students work together to solve problems with coding, all while learning and having fun," Sparber said.

The tutorials were adapted to different age groups, with each tutorial requiring students to perform different tasks, such as moving visual blocks on the screen or typing actual code on a keyboard. The students were given a brochure provided by code.org so they could continue their coding experience at home.

The worldwide event was coordinated during Computer Science Education Week, with the intention of getting students interested in programming as well as nurturing their creativity and problem-solving skills, and preparing them for possible careers in computer programming and other such technical fields.

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