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|Benavides Elementary Hour of Code|
Posted Date: 02/22/2017
At Rosendo Benavides Elementary our students participated in the national event “Hour of Code” during the week of December 5-9, 2016. The event’s purpose is to expose students to the basics of computer science programing through several different trainings that are for all ages. The trainings consist of basic commands to complete mazes or puzzles with avatars of popular video games and cartoons such as Star Wars, Angry Birds, Frozen and many more. The program also has motivational videos of famous people who are involved in this computer science movement. Some of them include the creators of Facebook and Twitter, professional basketball players and President Barack Obama. The students were not only exposed to computer science programing during computer lab, they did “unplugged” activities with our librarian, Mrs. Aurora Mireles. She worked with several classes during P.E. and the students were able to do bracelets decoding their names. For this activity they used “pipe cleaners” and beads. Our students were very excited to be coding, they were asking “are we going to play the Lightbot or Angry Birds game again?” they thought it was “hard” which is challenging their minds but they also thought it was a lot of fun and look forward to continue doing it. One of our students completed 11 levels out of 20 of the Angry Birds training in less than 30 minutes. More than a tedious task, students see it as a game and are unconsciously learning the basics of programing. Mr. Martin Flores as the new campus technologist believes that this program can be something that can be integrated in a regular ongoing computer lab at least once a week. It is a fun learning experience! You can visit code.org to get more information and get involved. By: Martin Flores