Hun Upper School students took part in Hour of Code this Tuesday, part of Computer Science Education Week, an event sponsored by Code.org.
The week, which runs Dec. 4th -10th, urges students to spend an hour writing small computer programs. The movement, which started in 2013, has had the backing of tech luminaries such as Bill Gates and Sheryl Sandberg, and former President Barack Obama. This year, more than 130,000 coding events, such as Hun’s, will take place around the world.
Computer Technology and Engineering Department Chair Amy Wright organized The School’s first Hour of Code event. Every Upper School student participated during advisory on Tuesday, December 5th; Hun Middle School students will do so on Thursday, December 7th. Students wrote programs on the code.org website with themes ranging from Star Wars to the Disney movie Moana, animating the characters by stringing together pieces of code.
“The purpose is to expose students who may never consider taking a class to the creative aspects of computer programing,” said Ms. Wright, who teaches Introduction to Programming, AP Computer Science A, and AP Computer Science Principles at Hun. “It also raises awareness that there are not enough people pursuing computer science to fill all the well-paying jobs in the field.”
Ms. Wright’s computer science students served as “ambassadors,” stationed at coding locations around campus. They worked collaboratively with their peers when they had questions or encountered road blocks.
The Hun School of Princeton is an independent, coeducational, private day and boarding college preparatory school. Student-centered, hands-on learning prepares students for the global community in which they will live and work.