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WSSD Participates in Hour of Code

WSSD Participates in the Second Annual Hour of Code 
 
Students and teachers throughout the district participated in the second annual global event, Hour of Code. Held in conjunction with Computer Science Education Week, December 8 - 12 and sponsored by Code.org, the event introduces students to computer programming basics for at least one hour during the week. Many students continue what they learned on computers at home, as the website is available to all.
 
Some highlights of the week:
 
At Strath Haven Middle School, all of our sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students participated in the Hour of Code during their Connections classes at the end of the school day.
 
At Strath Haven High School, Mrs. Benzing used code in her AP Statistics class, then several of her students visited WES and helped second graders with their coding projects. In her computer science classes, Ms. McLead had a live video-chat with a Google employee based in Cambridge, MA.
 
At SRS, Mrs.Smart's second grade class got a head start on ww.code.org, learning some of the basic games and activities in advance. During the week of Hour of Code, they visited first grade classes and helped teach them what to do.
 
On Friday, December 12th, Drew Baskin, Outreach Manager from code.org, visited the afternoon kindergarten classes at WES. He led the coding session and helped answer students questions. Originally from Chicago, Drew is a recent graduate from Swarthmore College, and he was accompanied by his former computer science professor (and WES parents), Rich Wicentowski. 
 
Walking by classrooms throughout the district, you could hear the excitement of students engaged with coding games such as how making Elsa from Frozen glide across ice to create patterns. They were fully engaged and entranced by the magic of coding. It’s our hope that WSSD students will continue to be excited about learning programming as they participate in the exemplary STEM programs offered in our schools. 
 
Kudos to our WSSD teachers who led the way - Katie McLead (SHHS), Stephenie Cairone-King (SHMS), Dan Fantozzi and Jen Hole (WES), Dan Dudrick and Beth Cohen (NPE), and Eric McElroy (SRS).