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Friday, 12 December 2014
During this year’s Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek), Girls’ Division teachers have been challenged to complete the ‘Hour of Code’.
Organized each year by the Computing in the Core coalition and Code.org, CSEdWeek is held in recognition of the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper: December 9, 1906. The Hour of Code can take place at any time during the Week, and is a one-hour introduction to computer programming, designed to demystify code and show that anyone can learn. Self-guided tutorials are provided via the website Code.org, and participants need no prior experience to take part.
Last year, girls in Year 10 took part in the Hour of Code, but this year the task fell to their teachers!
Mrs Brace, Head of the Girls’ Division ICT Department, convinced eight of her fellow members of staff to take part: Ms Bradford-Keegan (English), Mrs James (Food Technology), Mrs Naughton (MFL), Mrs Pritchard (History), Mrs Reina (Music), Mrs Waters (Geography), Mr Winrow (History), and Mr Wrigley (Mathematics).
On Monday, Wednesday and Friday lunchtimes, the teachers headed up to the ICT suite in small groups to take on the Hour of Code. On each day, the different groups competed to see who could complete the challenge in the shortest amount of time.
They had a choice between a ‘Write Your First Computer Program’ challenge, and ‘Code with Anna and Elsa’ – a challenge based on Disney’s Frozen which turned out to be very popular! This involved using a program to instruct Anna and Elsa to skate across to ice to draw out snowflake designs. Despite initial concerns about the difficulty of the Hour of Code, the teachers soon got into the swing of things and picked up how to code the characters’ instructions on the puzzles.
They were assisted in their endeavours by ICT Ambassadors Eleanor Bracegirdle, Priya Chevli, Morgan Crawshaw, Kirsty Fielding, Nicola Li, Sameera Mohammed, Samra Saddique and Evangeline Wright. Natasha Barnes, Deeya Halai and Charlotte Lawler, who are also ICT Ambassadors, have helped with raising sponsorship money for the teachers.
Girls throughout the School sponsored their teachers in their Hour of Code efforts. The money raised will go to the Girls’ Division’s chosen charity for the term, SpecialEffect, which is dedicated to putting the fun and inclusion back into the lives of people with disabilities by helping them to play video games.
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