An unexpectedly strong late October snow storm led to a unique learning opportunity for KidsTek students this week at Denver North High School. On Monday, October 28th, Denver Public Schools were in session, though a two-hour delay and poor road conditions meant things weren’t quite ordinary in the classroom. The KidsTek students who braved the extraordinary storm had the opportunity to earn some extraordinary credit.
“Days like Monday never seem quite normal, between the late start, the shortened periods, and the lowered attendance, so it seemed like a great opportunity to take time off from our regular curriculum for something different,” said Senior Instructor Emily Tow.
KidsTek students spent the class period exploring Minecraft worlds, building moving, multi-layered snowflake GIFs, and making their own dance parties, all through visual block-based coding. Students could choose any project from Code.org’s Hour of Code initiative.
Though the official Hour of Code is held in December during Computer Science Education Week, Code.org gives students access to the initiative all year long. Per the website, “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.”
“These games and fun projects provide a great introduction to coding for high school students. They get to learn basic coding concepts like loops through familiar, fun subjects like Minecraft,” said Tow. “These are skills that, when students take an interest in learning them in more depth, can lead to great career in the technology field. And it all starts with a few colorful blocks snapped together!”