NEH Hour of Code

Northeast Hamilton Elementary students participated in the international Hour of Code celebration last week, according to Third Grade teacher TammyMassman.

Hour of Code is celebrated each year during Computer Science Week in December, said Massman. It is designed to give children the opportunity to try computer programming.

It is predicted that by the year 2022, there will be a need for one million computer programmers in the job force, explained Massman.

In addition, it is estimated that those computer programmers earn approximately 40 per cent more than the average college graduate, she said.

Massman said the experience isn’t just for students since parents can pick up some computer coding skills, too. Students took home a list of possible websites to visit with their parents.

“The best part about coding is that we never ask you to be an expert,” said Massman. “You don’t have to have a computer science degree to sit down and help your student complete a puzzle or solve a problem”.

While the Hour of Code is designed to be user-friendly, it provides opportunities to explore.

“In fact, it’s even better if you don’t know the answer because then it becomes team work!”