Coed, independent, PK3-12th grade school in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Hour of Code
by Katy Deegan, LS Educational Technologist
The Hour of CodeTM is a global movement reaching over 100 million students in over 180 countries. Computer science is changing every industry on the planet, and as an industry is the number one source of wages in the U.S and accounts for over 500,000 jobs nationwide.
This year, Shorecrest celebrated computer science from Dec. 5-9. The kick-off for Hour of CodeTM was during Lower School Town Meeting on Monday, Dec. 5 and then students coded with their classes through a variety of activities, heard from guest speakers and even FaceTimed with an alumna who is a computer science major. The STEAM Girls Club did wireframing and game design coding activities after school.
This year's Hour of Code was not just for students. On Thursday, grandparent's visited second and third grade classrooms to learn about coding and why it is an essential skill embedded into the Shorecrest curriculum. Students showcased a variety of coding tools including apps such as Kodable and interactive robots such as Ozobot and Bee-Bot. The children also showcased WeDo LEGO robots and coding games from Code.org. The grandparents were amazed at everything the kids could do and were even more impressed at how well the students could articulate what they were learning. Bay News 9 visited the Lower School to watch second graders coding alongside grandparents.
Coding is not just for computer programmers any more! Coding promotes critical thinking, problem solving, creativity and communication skills. The best thing about coding is that students don’t have to just do it for an hour or a week. Students code throughout the whole school year at Shorecrest!