Yesterday SLI 7th & 8th grade students participated in “Hour of Code,” a grassroots movement where participants around the world, at all programming levels, code for one hour on a designated day. “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. […] The Hour of Code takes place each year during Computer Science Education Week.” (

This year SLI students joined the Hour of Code community by creating and animating their own Google logo using a Scratch platform hosted by Google. Students enjoyed getting creative designing and building graphics with animation and interactive properties.

Scratch is an invaluable teaching tool developed by Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab, and it is provided free of charge. “With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community. Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century.” (

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