This year middle school students participated in the nationwide initiative, Hour of Code™. As Code.org describes it, “The Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify “code”, to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with 1-hour coding activities but expanding to all sorts of community efforts.”

SLI students participated by spending an hour on Wednesday designing an original device to place a Ping-Pong ball in an upright cup at the center of a 6-foot circle; and additionally spending an hour learning about computational thinking.

Hour of Code™ traditionally takes place during “Computer Science Education Week,” which usually centers around the birthday of computing innovator Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (December 9th).

The ‘Hour of Code™’ is a nationwide initiative by Computer Science Education Week and Code.org to introduce millions of students to one hour of computer science and computer programming.


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