Heroes of Public Education - Hour of Code

Heroes of Public Education - Hour of Code
Posted on 01/18/2019
Heroes of Public Education - Hour of Code

Technology is everywhere, changing every industry on the planet. Automation and accessibility are the future of all industries, but fewer than half of all schools teach computer science and only a fraction of those schools expose more than 25% of their population to coding. Last month, during Computer Science Education Week, PUSD joined students around the world to change those statistics by participating in the Hour of Code. The Hour of Code is a one-hour time commitment where students play games with popular characters they know from Minecraft, Angry Birds and Star Wars to learn the basics of coding AND develop their problem solving and critical thinking skills.

It was an incredibly successful campaign with over 2,000 PUSD students participating in the Hour of Code. Three times as many teachers participated as last year district-wide. We would not have had this success without the support of our student volunteers to move the classes through the lessons and activities. A special thanks to Linda Gibson and Keri Parker for all of their work on supporting HoC. Shout out to Justin Keegan, Tech Intern for communicating with teachers and coordinating lessons and classroom needs. These champions made a point to learn all of the various lessons, host the classes and support the students as they worked through the activities. They worked with individual students

The passion and professionalism that was displayed throughout the week by all involved was a joy to witness and greatly appreciated. Your support of the activities inspired creativity, self-advocacy and were thoroughly enjoyed by all who participated. For all your time and efforts in making the inaugural PUSD Hour of Code a great success, you are truly Heroes of Public Education!