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Students learn with ‘Hour of Code’

Trina Hellbusch, technology coordinator at Boone Central Public Schools, works with students in Mrs. Anderson’s kindergarten classroom during the “Hour of Code” last week.
Trina Hellbusch, technology coordinator at Boone Central Public Schools, works with students in Mrs. Anderson’s kindergarten classroom during the “Hour of Code” last week.
Boone Central students at all grade levels were part of a special national event called “Hour of Code.”
During the Hour of Code, students are exposed to computer science.
Computers are everywhere, changing every industry, but fewer than half of all schools teach computer science.
Girls and minorities are very underrepresented in computer science classes, and in the technology industry.
The good news is that more than 100 business partners nationwide have banded together to change this statistic.
That’s why Boone Central students are joining in this massive learning event. The Hour of Code was introduced during Computer Science Education Week, Dec. 5-11.
In elementary classrooms, 187 students participated in the Hour of Code with a lesson given by Trina Hellbusch, the school’s technology coordinator. The 108 middle school students taking a computer class participated with their teacher, Jeff Hayes. Other middle school students will have the Hour of Code at a later date.
In the high school, where schedules are less flexible, the Hour of Code was led by Amy Thompson in two classrooms.
All students are given information on how to access the Hour of Code website, and both students and teachers can practice code on their own.
The Hour of Code, organized by the nonprofit, Code.org and others, is a global movement to prepare students with critical skills for future success.