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Entire Adair School District will participate in 'Hour of Code'

Preparing students for bright future in the burgeoning world of computer programming
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By Shamarie Harper, Media Coordinator
Adair County School District, Columbia, KY

The week of December 7-13, is Computer Science Education Week here in the United States. In support of this there is a movement to put computer coding opportunities into children's education. To help promote this idea and show teachers and students how easy coding actually is, there is the Hour of Code pledge which basically challenges teachers to add an hour of code into their lessons.


Yet, anyone is welcome to log onto the site and participate. The website is hourofcode.com and currently over 80 thousand classrooms worldwide have signed up. The Adair County Schools will be participating in this challenge.

Why Coding, you may ask? Because learning code can change the future of our students. The thoughts are that by 2020 there will be 1.4 million computer programming jobs and only a hand full of computer science students to fill the jobs. Coding also encompasses what is called STEM which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. All STEM fields need more students due to projected jobs in the United States as well as worldwide.

Many may wonder what teachers do on Early Release Friday's - well here is a perfect example of what these dedicated teachers are doing each Friday afternoon. Principal, Patty Jones, gave her staff an overview lesson on the Hour of Code idea, how it works, why it is important for even the students at the Adair County Primary Center to be involved, and then put them to work learning an hour of code. The pictures speak for themselves and next week every students at the Adair County Primary Center will be learning an Hour of Code. They will be creating programming code for the game Angry Birds and the students will be thrilled I can assure you.

Not only will ACPC be participating in the Hour of Code but the entire district will be and we are proud of the fact that our students will be given the opportunity to be exposed to the future of our country and hopefully spark an interest in the area of Computer Programming.


This story was posted on 2015-12-06 07:58:27
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Teacher Amber Bledsoe works on hour of code for ACPC



2015-12-06 - ACPC, 158 Col. Casey Drive, Columbia, KY - Photo by Shamarie Harper, Adair County School District Media Coordinator.
Amber Bledsoe is working hard on her hour of code during Early Release Friday. She along with her fellow teachers at Adair County Primary Center are preparing for their students participation, next week, in the Hour of Code during the Computer Science Education Week. - Shamarie Harper, Media Coordinator, Adair County School District

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Hour of Code: Teachers Taylor Morrison and Julie Burton prepare



2015-12-06 - ACPC, 158 Col. Casey Drive, Columbia, KY - Photo by Shamarie Harper, Adair County School District Media Coordinator.
During Early Release Friday today Taylor Morrison and Julie Burton were completely engaged in their hour of code. They will be teaching their classes next week how to code the video Angry Birds and participating in the Computer Science Education Week by teaching an Hour of Code. - Shamarie Harper, Media Coordinator, Adair County School District

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Teacher Toby Harmon gets ready for Hour of Code week



2015-12-06 - ACPC, 151 Col. Casey Drive, Columbia, KY - Photo by Shamarie Harper, Adair County School District Media Coordinator. During Early Release Friday today, Principal, Patty Jones, lead the ACPC staff in a hour of code. This is in preparation for them teaching code to their students next week. Her staff were totally engaged and enjoying the experience of coding. Above, Tobie Harmon was coding in the Anger Birds game and when I snapped this she had just said "Yes, next level." Teachers were enjoying the experience as much as it is anticipated that students will. - Shamarie Harper
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