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September 20, 2018

Hour Of Code Excites, Engages Palermo Students


PALERMO – Palermo Elementary students transformed into game programmers during the annual Hour of Code celebration.

Fourth grader Makena Jewell shows librarian Tiffany Carpenter how the Codesters “Cheer Routine” works after she completed a tutorial on how to code the game to make the cheerleader do a routine during a recent “Hour of Code” event.

Fourth grader Makena Jewell shows librarian Tiffany Carpenter how the Codesters “Cheer Routine” works after she completed a tutorial on how to code the game to make the cheerleader do a routine during a recent “Hour of Code” event.

They were joined by millions of other students from around the world who were introduced to computer science and programming, as part of the global movement by Computer Science Education Week and code.org.

While students only had about 40 minutes of library time to work on specific Hour of Code tasks, hard work and diligence led some boys and girls to complete their tasks.

They followed tutorials that gave directions on how to program a game or activity, such as the largely popular Minecraft option, and utilized coding language while they persevered and problem-solved to make everything correctly function.

Several students also assisted one another through a few troubling steps.

Librarian Tiffany Carpenter said Hour of Code was offered to expose the students to increased access to coding.

Basic coding skills, however, are taught at Palermo Elementary during library time in kindergarten and the level of both difficulty and interest increases as grade levels increase.

Students interested in learning more about coding and programming skills may access Carpenter’s webpage on the Mexico Academy and Central School District website.

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