Hour of Code inspires students to try computer science

Harlandale ISD joined more than 100 million students across the world in participating in the Hour of Code global movement.

Hour of Code is led by Computer Science Education Week and Code.org to promote computer science and computer programing.

“The importance of Hour of Code is to give everyone a chance to experience how to program, and to get past the fear that they’re not the right person to learn how to do computer science,” explained Stonewall Flanders Librarian Collette Knight.

Stonewall Flanders students participated in a Star Wars game that used block coding to create programs. The game would ask the students to complete tasks using block programming, and once they were done the game showed the coding they had done.

“My main goal is that the students have confidence and believe that they can go in to the field of computer science,” said Knight.

Prior to working in the education realm, Knight worked in computer science for 10 years. She traveled the world installing programs and training end users how to use their computers.

“I was one of the very few African American women in Silicon Valley doing that job, so it has been one of my mandates and personal beliefs that computer science is a field that is open to everyone regardless of race, gender and religion,” Knight said. “It is open to everybody.”

After participating in the Hour of Code activity, Demi Bishop, a video game enthusiast, hopes to major in computer science.

“I thought it was going to be hard, but it’s actually really fun and easy,” Bishop said. “I want to make video games when I grow up.” 

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