Students and teachers across Hardin County Schools will participate in Hour of Code the week of December 4.
According to hourofcode.com, “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 … This grassroots campaign is supported by over 400 partners and 200,000 educators worldwide.”
Hardin County Schools has a partner for its Hour of Code activities this year – DXC Technology and its Fort Knox, Kentucky regional office. According to its website, DXC Technology is “the world’s leading independent, end-to-end IT services company.”
DXC Technology, who is also working with schools around the world, has established a registration process and point system for classrooms and schools who participate in Hour of Code. The Fort Knox regional DXC office has partnered with Hardin County Schools to garner publicity for the event and help students become more aware of career fields in the world of information technology (IT). Teachers have the chance to win prizes for their classrooms should they participate in Hour of Code. The prizes are IT related items and devices.
The Fort Knox DXC regional office and HCS will monitor Hour of Code participation in the district. HCS classrooms and schools will earn points for different aspects of participation and bonus points when they post news and/or pictures from their Hour of Code activities to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and use the hashtags #DXCcares and #HCSLeadingTheWay.
“We truly appreciate DXC Technology and its partnership in our Hour of Code efforts,” HCS Instructional Technology Coordinator Brooke Whitlow. “There are a lot of jobs in computing-related fields and there always will be. Technology will continue to evolve and it can only do so as people have more creative ideas. We want our students to know about the opportunities in IT and have the desire and experience to go after high paying jobs in those fields.”
HCS Superintendent Teresa Morgan added: “If students learn about this exciting field at an early age, they have a better chance to develop an interest and pursue the vast amount of IT-related opportunities in our school district. I appreciate our Instructional Technology department, HCS family members across the district and DXC Technology for helping our students to see the global marketplace that stands before them.”
Teachers can register to participate in the district’s Hour of Code event or learn more by CLICKING HERE.
Students in the IT Pathway at the HCS Early College & Career Center will travel to district elementary schools throughout the week to lead fifth graders in activities such as programming small robots with colored pens and coding a path of flight for a drone.
Global Hour of Code activities are normally conducted during Computer Science Education Week. That is December 4-10 this year.