Hour of Code Helps Students Program Computers

NMSU Dona Ana (DACC) will host the annual “Hour of Code. ” This year the college will host 45 students from Picacho Middle School on December 9 at the East Mesa Campus in building DAEM.

“The ‘Hour of Code™’ is a nationwide initiative by Computer Science Education Week[csedweek.org] and Code.org[code.org] to introduce millions of students to one hour of computer science and computer programming,” according to the Hour of Code website. Billed as the largest learning event in history: The Hour of Code is held internationally during Computer Science Education Week (December 5-11).

Computers are everywhere, changing every industry on the planet, but fewer than half of all schools teach computer science. Girls and minorities are severely underrepresented in computer science classes, and in the technology industry. The program helps students understand how to write code for applications.

Because of the Hour of Code, computer science has been on homepages of Google, MSN, Yahoo! and Disney. Over 100 partners have joined together to support this movement. Every Apple Store in the world has hosted an Hour of Code. President Obama wrote his first line of code as part of the campaign.

The Hour of Code, organized by the nonprofit Code.org and over 100 others, is a global movement that believes the students of today are ready to learn critical skills for 21st century success. The agenda for the Picacho Middle School students includes:

Dec 9th, 2016

10:15 am – (45 minutes) Breakout Session 1 & 2 start (half of students at each session)

* Session 1: DAEM 214 – Hour of Code

* Session 2: DAEM 218 – Mind Craft

11:00 am – (45 minutes) Students move to next Breakout Session.

12:00 pm – (45 minutes) Lunch – DAEM 113

12:45 pm – (30minutes) Breakout Session 3 & 4 start (half of students at each session)

* Session 3: DAEM Commons Area – LAN Setup

* Session 4: DAEM 113 – Green Screen

1:30 pm – (30 minutes) Students move to the next Breakout Session.