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Hour of Code for Year 10 Girls

Friday, 07 March 2014

Students in Year 10 took part in Code.org’s Hour of Code today. This is an opportunity for every student to try computer science – and programming – for one hour.

The girls logged on to the Hour of Code website and took part in a series of 20 puzzles, featuring characters from the games Angry Birds and Plants vs Zombies. Although these were fun and presented in a game-like environment, they were also learning valuable coding skills. The drag-and-drop interface allowed them to get to grips with the process and showed them the structure of the code they produced – but without over-simplifying.

As part of the Year 9 curriculum, the girls were introduced to programming via Scratch so they had a basic working knowledge that allowed them to fly through the Hour of Code challenges!

The girls successfully completed the Hour of Code with plenty of time to spare – and plenty more to learn from the website. They all received certificates of participation for the Hour of Code, and hopefully will go on to complete the further fun challenges that Code.org can provide.

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Concentrating hard on the task at hand

Concentrating hard on the task at hand

One of the Year 10s playing the LightBot coding challenge

One of the Year 10s playing the 'LightBot' coding challenge

Three of the girls with an on-screen certificate of participation

Three of the girls with an on-screen certificate of participation