Students across the Wentzville School District joined millions of other kindergarten-grade 12 students learning computer code as part of Computer Science Education Week in December.
Hour of Code is a global campaign designed to get students interested in computer science. It offers web-based lessons in computer coding that are aimed at every age group.
Schools held Hour of Code sessions, had guest speakers and students even worked on code at home.
“Introducing students to code at a young age will help them conquer the fear of trying something new and enable them to persevere in solving problems,” Heritage Primary Computer Teacher Amy Robb said. Robb also is the kindergarten-grade 8 computer lead for the district and was recognized by St. Charles County for her leadership in introducing the district’s youngest learners to coding.
“Coding and problem solving are both 21st century skills employers are looking for,” Robb said.
Computer science develops students’ computational and critical-thinking skills and shows them how to create, rather than simply use, new technologies.