Fort Plain Students Participate in “An Hour of CODE”
The ninth-grade students at Fort Plain High school were introduced
to programming as part of An Hour of Code, an international program
that teaches programming.
Mrs. DeKalb’s students enrolled in Key Essentials (keyboarding)
participated in online programming interactive lessons available at
code.org. Some students were actually able to code their own online
game within the 43 minute class period.
Mrs. DeKalb said, “The students were so engaged in these activities
that the room was completely silent except for the occasional, 'this
is so cool!' I felt I had to carry over this lesson to the following
day as well, due to the high interest level of the students.”
An Hour of Code, which reached 15 million students worldwide last
year, is intended to steer more young people, into computer-related
careers. About 50,000 U.S. computer science jobs remain vacant each
year because there aren’t enough trained workers to fill them. By
the year 2020, nearly 760,000 new jobs in computing and information
technology will be created, according to the US Bureau of Labor
Currently only one in ten high schools offer advanced computer
classes which includes programming. Several years ago, Fort Plain
was able to offer web design, advanced computer applications, Java,
and video game design. Due to the state-wide and local school budget
crunch, these courses were eliminated as staffing was reduced.
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