Computer Science Celebrated at Hour of Code

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As part of the Hour of Code initiative, high school students with expertise in computer science visited fifth-grade classrooms at JFK on Dec. 7, demonstrating how coding works and aiding the younger students in exploring binary mazes.

The Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify coding, show that anybody can learn the basics and broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with one-hour coding activities but expanding to a variety of community efforts. The campaign is supported by over 400 partners and 200,000 educators worldwide, including East Islip.

Traditionally, the Hour of Code takes place each year during Computer Science Education Week, from Dec. 5-11, in recognition of the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper, who was born Dec. 9, 1906. During this week, JFK third-, fourth- and fifth-graders all participated in coding activities in the school’s computer lab.

“Computer science helps nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity,” said Janet Jones, East Islip’s director of math and science. “By starting early, students will have a foundation for success in any 21st-century career path. East Islip educators feel strongly about providing our students with opportunities to explore the world of computer science and computer programming. Longtime East Islip High School teachers Ray Willie and Denise Seibert are at the forefront of this effort. Both have been working hard over the years to help grow our program because they recognize the magnitude of future employment opportunities for those with computer programming skills.”