On Saturday, December 8, Mizzentop Day School will invite the community to join them in the worldwide Hour of Code. The event is open to all children in grades 1 through 8 and is free to all and will take place between 10:30 a.m. and 12.30 p.m. in the Computer Lab at Mizzentop, 64 East Main Street, Pawling.
Technology is transforming every industry on the planet. According to Mizzentop, in 2015, seven million openings in the U.S. were in occupations – including art and design – that value coding skills. But 65% of schools in the U.S. don’t teach computer science. “It’s time for us to catch up to the 21st century,” says Admissions Director Eileen Cuneo. “We know that regardless of what our students do when they grow up, whether they go into medicine, business, politics, or the arts, knowing how to build technology will give them confidence and a competitive edge.”
“The Hour of Code is designed to demystify code and show that computer science is not rocket science. Anybody can learn the basics,” says Evan Kanouse, Computer Science teacher and Director of Technology at Mizzentop. “Over 100 million students worldwide have tried an Hour of Code. The demand for relevant 21st-century computer science education crosses all borders and knows no boundaries.”
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, featuring one-hour coding activities that nurture problem-solving skills, creativity, and resilience by teaching students how to think logically and by rewarding repeated effort over instant gratification.
“The problem is that fewer than half of all schools teach computer science,” says Cuneo. “Mizzentop Day School is one of the only schools nationwide to teach coding from Kindergarten all the way through Eighth Grade. In fact, middle school students at Mizzentop code at a level similar to high school sophomores by independently creating games, apps, and computer programs.”
To learn more visit MizzentopDaySchool.org online.