Local Students Get to Know Computer Science

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It’s called the “largest learning event in history” – and thousands of local students are involved this week.

Millions of students world-wide are taking part this week in “The Hour of Code”. It’s a movement designed to introduce more students to computer science.

Dozens of classes at over half of the Avon Maitland Schools plan to be part of the “The Hour of Code”, and more are expected to register and participate as the week goes on.

Bedford Public School in Stratford is sending over 100 grades 4 and 5 students to the University of Waterloo Stratford Campus today as part of the Hour of Code.

Students, teachers and volunteers will be learning the basics of computer programming and write their first few lines of software code as part of “the Hour of Code”.

Over 1400 students from grades one through ten in the Bruce-Grey Catholic District School Board system are also taking part. There will be events and instruction today and tomorrow at their local schools.

Representatives from each grade in each school will go to the Board office in Hanover Friday for a Collaborative Coding Celebration. The Friday morning guest will be Bruce-Grey Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker, who will learn how to code from the students.

The Hour of Code, organized by the nonprofit Code.org and over 100 others, is a statement that today’s generation of students are ready to learn critical skills for 21st century success.
Last year over 15 million students participated in the week-long event. The Hour of Code movement is aiming for 100 million students this week.