Elms students in Grades 3-6 participate in Hour of Code.

Elms students in Grades 3-6 participate in Hour of Code.

Hour of Code

During Computer Science Education Week (December 3-9), Elms students in Grades 3-6 (nearly 50 girls total) participated in a fun and casual Hour of Code event.

The Hour of Code, organized by the nonprofit Code.org and over 100 others, is a global movement that believes the students of today are ready to learn critical skills for 21st-century success. Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics.

With technology changing every industry on the planet, computing knowledge has become part of a well-rounded skill set. Fewer than half of all schools teach computer science.

The good news is, we are on our way to change this. If you heard about the Hour of Code last year, you might know it made history. One hundred million students have now discovered how accessible and fun computer science can be by doing just one Hour of Code.

Participation of female students in computer science is only 20-25 percent of high school courses, university courses and the workforce. During the Hour of Code, female students make up 50 percent of all participants.