Today’s students live in a world surrounded by technology, and as such, whatever field they choose to pursue when they graduate from high school, their ability to succeed will increasingly hinge on understanding how technology works. It is for this reason that Ms. Kate Marciano, Chapin Street Library Media Specialist, felt strongly that it was important for some of the youngest students in the Ludlow Public Schools to participate in the worldwide initiative- Hour of Code.
This is the 4th year that Code.org has sponsored this event, with the goal of exposing students to computer science and encouraging their creativity to experiment with computer programming.
“It is critical that our students are prepared with the necessary skills to help them succeed in our digital world,” shared Marciano. “Our Hour of Code is a statement that Chapin Street School is ready to teach these foundational 21st century skills.”
Key elements that were observed during each of the coding sessions were active problem solving, independent and collaborative learning and creative expression. “Coding is telling things on the computer what to do, and making things move,” explained 3rd grader, Sonny Raymond. “Building the house was the most fun.”
As 3rd grade student Victoria Davidson shared, “Using a Mine Craft Game we learned how to program the guy to move forward, turn left and turn right. And we even made our own house. It was really fun!”
3rd grader Connor Kokosa spoke for many of his fellow classmates commenting, “I learned it’s (coding) not as hard as it sounds. I didn’t think it would be so easy to program it and make it work. The best part was you could play while learning code.”
Marciano acknowledged that this lesson was merely an overview to introduce students to the world of computer science, and is hopeful that future lessons during Digital Literacy classes will continue to focus on this important skill. She also shared a message to parents, “Your child can continue coding at home. Visit the Chapin Street library website and your child will know where to go from there, or visit the Code.org website for further information. And remember, the future is here… let’s give them the tools!”