Statistics show that by 2020, there will be one million more computer science jobs than college students working towards a computer science degree. For the past three weeks, OLA’s Kindergarten through eighth grade students participated in the Hour of Code, a worldwide computer programming event, during Technology special with Mrs. Carlson and Ms. Botta. The Hour of Code is held in honor of Computer Science in Education Week. The purpose of the Hour of Code is to expose students to the world of code (computer programming).

Through the Hour of Code activities, students learned the basics of writing code. They used code to help “Frozen” characters, Anna and Elsa, create snowflakes, navigate Angry Birds through mazes, write code to light a Christmas tree on the White House lawn (in real life!), and do many other activities. Students had help from real-life computer programmers, including Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerburg, in the form of tutorial videos incorporated in the activities.