In Mario Mintz’s class learning to program begins with creating computer games through Scratch 3.0. Scratch is a visual way to build code with color blocks. Mario has the Scratch projects run parallel to traditional programming instruction. The visual element of Scratch helps develop a mindset of looking at coding outside of the linear aspect programming.
The students at Union are lucky to have a whole class dedicated to Computer Science. But it can be a challenge to incorporate coding into other aspects of the regular instructional day. One way to begin is by participating in the Hour of Code. Hour of Code is an annual event created to give educators and students exposure to the world of computer science and hopefully have them continue with the learning. In December many Evergreen classrooms will take part in Hour of Code.
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, starting with 1-hour coding activities but expanding to all sorts of community efforts.