Elementary Hour of Code

Hour of Code Builds STEM Skills, Interest Early
Posted on 12/06/2018
Salem Hills Elementary School 4th grader builds visual code during Hour of CodeHour of Code Builds STEM Skills and Interest Early
ISD 199 elementary schools participated in this year’s international Hour of Code. The event aims to spark an early understanding of and interest in computer science through interactive games.

Younger elementary students played Box Island, learning about algorithms, sequences, loops, and conditionals while older elementary students were challenged with Tynker to complete missions using visual blocks of code. Tynker mimics coding languages such as JavaScript and Python, creating an accessible pathway to languages that are frequently used in the current industry. The Hour of Code event also offers offline lessons that teach students the basics of coding, including skills like building sequences. Students engaged in critical thinking and creativity while collaborating with each other when they got stuck on a level.