Willmore Elementary School Participates in Hour of Code Events During Computer Science Week,
December 1, 2016 - Westminster, California - Today, Willmore Elementary announced its participation in Hour of Code during Computer Science Education Week from December 5-11. The annual global campaign is an effort to ensure all students are equipped with valuable 21st century critical thinking and problem solving skills. Our students will be participating in events during the school day to give students in our community an exciting introduction to Computer Science.
"We believe that learning computer programming gives kids important skills to navigate a future where many aspects of their lives will be influenced by technology," says Dr. Nicole Jacobson, principal of Willmore. "Giving them the confidence to understand how technology works and the ability to control it is an increasingly important part of children's education today, and we are getting started with an Hour of Code."
Willmore Elementary wants all students to experience how easy and empowering it is to learn programming. The entire school will participate in an Hour of Code using a variety of fun and engaging activities from Code.org, Tynker, Google CS First, and CSUnplugged.org, while supporting Common Core and CSTA standards. These internationally recognized creative computing platforms help children of all ages develop computational thinking and programming.
Younger students will focus on solving simple coding puzzles, and will have the opportunity to use what they learn to create interactive holiday cards, cartoon comics, and simple games and stories. Older students will be able to choose from a variety of coding projects that will guide them through the creation of drawing tools, math art, and even multi-level and multi-player games that they can share and play with each other. All week long, students will engage in fun, collaborative activities and, best of all, they will learn key programming concepts that Willmore Elementary will build on in the future. Click on the following link to view the 2015 Hour of Code video.
Students are excited about computer programming and are looking forward to the events planned for next week.
About Willmore Elementary School, Westminster School District
Willmore Elementary serves more than 300 children. Our vision is that every student in every neighborhood will be engaged in a rigorous, well-rounded instructional program that will prepare students for success in college, career, and life.