"Hour of Code" returns to McMinnville Schools
Posted on 12/04/2017

This week, the McMinnville School District (MSD) joins an international event, an “Hour of Code.” Created as a one-hour introduction to computer science, the event coincides with Computer Science Education Week, which is celebrated this year from December 4 – 10.

The Hour of Code is designed to demystify computer coding, to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science.

“Every grade in every school in our district will do an Hour of Code,” said Stephanie Legard, MSD director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment. “Coding isn’t just about computer science. Learning to code can nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity. By exposing our students to computer science through coding, we’re helping them build a foundation for success in any 21st-century career path.”

After last year’s Hour of Code event in McMinnville Schools, every elementary school in the district launched an after-school coding club to build on the goal of helping students build skills for future jobs in whatever field they choose.

The Hour of Code takes place every year during Computer Science Education Week, which was created to honor the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (December 9, 1906).

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