Former President Barack Obama once famously said, “Don’t just play on your phone, program it.”
Scores of student throughout Atlanta Public Schools took those words to heart on Monday, as the district began its participation in an annual global movement to demystify coding and show that anybody can learn to code. The “Hour of Code,” held each year during the first week of December as part of Computer Science Education Week, is designed to introduce students to the basics of computer science and coding, giving them an even stronger foundation for success in today’s technology-driven society.
Bunche Middle School is one of several schools participating. On Sunday, two Bunche students – Amani Bedwa and Enam Amevo – were interviewed by Monica Kaufman Pearson on her radio show on KISS 104FM. Amani and Enam talked about the importance of education, specifically in terms of computer technology.
Then on Monday, ADP associates from metro Atlanta gave Bunche Middle School students early exposure to coding in a fun, hands-on way, using a 12-level activity in Minecraft called “Hero’s Journey,” a game designed to improve critical thinking and literacy skills.
Here are various “Hour of Code” activities that will take place in other district schools this week:
— Monday, Dec. 4: Third graders at Humphries Elementary School used conduct coding activities using Minecraft, from 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
— Monday, Dec. 4: Third graders at Sarah Smith Intermediate performed activities with the LightBot computer program, beginning at 11:30 a.m.
— Monday, Dec. 4: Spanish classes at Mays High School conducted coding exercises throughout the day.
— Tuesday, Dec. 5: Students at King Middle School participate in grade-level coding sessions throughout the day.
— Tuesday, Dec. 5: Students at North Atlanta High School conduct coding activities at rotating stations in all grades throughout the day.
— Tuesday, Dec. 5: Fifth-grade students at Heritage Academy teach second graders how to do simple coding activities, beginning at 1 p.m.
— Tuesday, Dec. 5: Several Hollis Innovation Academy students attend coding sessions on the campus of Georgia Tech.
— Wednesday, Dec. 6: Students in all grade levels at Brown Middle School conduct coding activities throughout the day.
— Wednesday, Dec. 6: Students at Sarah Smith Primary School participate in a coding exercise, beginning at 10:30 a.m.
— Wednesday, Dec. 6: Students at Sylvan Hills Middle School conduct coding activities in French throughout the day.
— Thursday, Dec. 7: Students at Inman Middle School participate in coding session in science classes throughout the day.