Colorado Springs, Colorado… Computer coding in elementary school? Absolutely! Springs Adventist Academy recently joined the educational world learning event called Hour of Code. 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.
Kent Bair, Product Manager, Dell Technologies, Education Services, came to Springs Adventist Academy as a local Hour of Code guest speaker. Bair shared with students that coding is a very large part of their daily life and also shared his personal story to becoming a computer programmer.
“It was very interesting and helped me to rethink my future, ” said 6th grader, Elonzo Lujan.
“The students were really excited when they were able to try coding for the first time. Computer science is a 21st century skill, and I am thrilled that SAA was able to offer a peek into this future career path,” said principal Michelle Velbis.
—Michelle Velbis, text and photos