From December 4 to December 10, every school in Decatur City Schools will participate Hour of Code, an hour-long coding session. This hour will encompass all grades, and serve as an introduction to the computer coding industry, the #1 source of new wages in the United States.
This hour of code is designed to solve the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) problem in the emerging workforce. According to the National Center for Education, 71% of all new jobs in STEM are in computing, but only 8% of STEM graduates are in computer science. The gaping hole in coding preparation is slowly being filled by each student who completes the hour of coding.
During the hour, each student can choose their own coding tutorial, ranging in topics from Star Wars, Minecraft, music composition, or even news coding. In addition, a pre-reader tutorial is available for all ages and all skill levels to learn.
DCS Technology Coach Britt Lovelace says, “We are excited to give every student in Decatur City Schools the opportunity to practice coding because coding encourages critical thinking, problem solving, team work, and creativity.”
During the one week alone, over 100 million students nationwide will create code of their own for the very first time.
And at the end of that hour of code, even if some students walk away without wanting to become computer coding scientists, at least every student will have had the chance.
Together, we’re filling that hole in the code.