Hour of Code – could this become more than an annual event?

Can you believe it has already been a month since the global education event, Hour of Code?

Following the school’s week-long Hour of Code event, several Jr. high and elementary students at school, have continuously come up to me in the hallway saying “Mme Carter, when is Hour of Code coming back?” Students were really engaged that week. And, in the secondary wing of the school, students couldn’t wait until lunch time to come to our learning commons to participate in many of the activities that were organized and available that introduced them to coding and programming. Students were literally running through the doors by day 3 to be the first to get their hands on Dash & Dot, as we had up to 40 Jr. high students participating.

Even on the last day, grade 5 students had their faces up against the outside of the glass walls of the cafeteria to see what all the hype had been about all week. 

Having invested the effort in putting together posters for each station that highlighted the provincial learning outcomes that could be taught through robotics in the elementary division, the momentum is still going. Weekly, we have educators coming up to myself and other event organizers asking to learn more or inquiring further about some of the tools used during the event. Teachers would like to use some of the games, activities, and robots to offer school clubs, organize classroom activities, or even borrow them for a field trip. One teacher shared with me that during their visit to the local retirement home, she thought about organizing an activity with her grade 6’s where they could teach the elderly some basics of robotics with Ozobot or Osmo.

I am extremely thankful to all the school donors who continue to support 21st-century learning at CFIS. Thanks to their generous donations, this has allowed my department to invest in various different robotic and innovation tools that can be used across all age levels, from preschool to grade 12.

To learn more about the week-long Hour of Code events that we hosted this year (where we got 100% participation from students kindergarten to grade 12), check out the article I wrote for the school newsletter on page 14-15: Hour of Code a CFIS success.

The enthusiasm and energy that developed during that week is momentum I don’t want to lose. So I am planning to put my thinking cap on, and together with others, discuss and brainstorm ways to organize a smaller event later in the year.

Question: I would like to know, how does your school continue the momentum of Hour of Code throughout the school year? Please leave a comment below.