From Around the Region: Port Byron Students Participate in Hour of Code
This week was “Hour of Code” week, and the some students from the A.A. Gates school got in on the fun! The Hour of Code is intended to be a 60-minute introduction into the world of coding and computer science, helping to engage young students in a different way of thinking and reasoning. Started by code.org, there are currently hundreds of different puzzles and challenges offered by the Hour of Code event.
At the Gates school, kindergarten students from Ms. Mills’ class partnered up with mentors from the third grade to help them navigate the apps being used during the Hour of Code. Three different (rotating) groups were present in the classroom, with each working on a different kind of puzzle. One group used coding to determine the path of a mechanical mouse, in an attempt to get it to stop on the desired square of a large plastic course. Another group tried to solve puzzles featuring characters from “Angry Birds,” using logic to determine the correct amount of movements needed to help the titular birds thwart their piggy foes. The third group went decidedly lower-tech, using laminated grids to help guide a gingerbread man back to his home.
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