Hour of Code events are being held during Computer Science Education Week from Dec. 4-10 at schools across the world to promote accessibility to computer science curriculum. Hawaii's schools are celebrating with more than 170 registered events, 59 whole school events and two special events on the Hour of Code website.
Some of the highlighted events taking place next week include:
Daniel K. Inouye Elementary: The Hour of Code will feature coding activities, robot obstacle courses and video games created by students. The event will take place on Thursday, Dec. 7 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. and will allow parents to experience the fun of computer science with their child.
Kalani High: Students are invited to learn about coding at the school's first ever Hour of Code event. It's open to all students after school on Friday, Dec. 8 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Participants will enjoy online and unplugged activities that highlight the thinking process behind coding.
Momilani Elementary: Third Annual CS for ALL Night on Friday, Dec. 8 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. The event will feature hands on activities connected to concepts in computer science such as computing systems, networks and the Internet, as well as algorithms and programming.
Other schools participating include:
Chiefess Kapiolani El
Mt. View El
Waikoloa El & Middle
Waimea Canyon Middle
King Kamehameha III El
Puu Kukui El
Aina Haina El
Barbers Point El
Benjamin Parker El
Daniel K. Inouye El
Enchanted Lake El
Ewa Makai Middle
Kalihi Uka El
Mililani Mauka El
Pearl City El
Pearl City High
Pearl City Highlands El
Pearl Harbor El
Sunset Beach El
Learning Code through a technology strategy
Monday, December 4
Assistant Superintendent and Chief Information Officer Brook Conner was appointed to oversee
the department's information and telecommunication systems, facilities,
and services of the public school system and department-wide operations.
He shares the importance of computer science education and how it
impacts the work in his office.
Technology is transforming everything people do. Are driverless cars really "automobiles" or are they robots that just look like what we used to call cars? Anyone with a "telephone" has access to the largest encyclopedia ever. Every day, products are developed, manufactured, packaged, and sold with global sourcing – a single tube of lipstick may have ingredients from one country, stuffed into a package made in another country, and shipped to a hundred countries thanks to technology. Read it here
Momilani students kick off Computer Science Education Week on Hawaii News NowMonday, December 4
Shane Asselstine, technology integration specialist at Momilani El, and students Rylie Teraoka and Allyson Tamayose stopped by Hawaii News Now Sunrise to talk about Computer Science Education Week with Howard Dicus. They even showed off their coding skills using their Micro:bits. Watch it here
Aina Haina El and Kailua El challenge students to an Hour of Code
Tuesday, Dec. 5
"My favorite part about coding is that you keep on trying, never give up, and have fun," shared Keiko Kent, a student at Kailua Elementary. The school has been teaching coding throughout the year with fun activities like Coding Mouse and Codepillar, and plans on implementing Code.org curriculum during the second semester.
At Aina Haina Elementary, computer teacher Brent Pecchenino shared, "Computer Science education helps students think logically and develop their problem solving skills." The school is hosting Hour of Code events after school this week with more than 80 students signed up to participate.
Computer science education crucial
Wednesday, Dec. 6
Momilani Elementary's Technology Integration Specialist Shane Asselstine wrote the following piece that was published in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser to raise awareness about Computer Science Education Week.
As you read this, take a moment to look around you. Try to find something that has not been impacted by computer science.
It’s not an easy task. Computer science has been integrated with so many different industries and aspects of our lives, from coaching soccer games to tracking farm efficiency on Molokai.
There are currently 1,169 open computing jobs in the state, with an average salary of $80,000 per year. That works out to just about $93 million in opportunities annually. Read it here
Code like a kid at Daniel K. Inouye El
Thursday, Dec. 7
Daniel K. Inouye Elementary hosted its annual Hour of Code family event to introduce students and parents to kid-friendly computer programming and provide coding resources. Attendees created games on Code.org, learned sequencing with Leilehua High's math team and kept dozens of robots busy playing music and navigating mazes.
Public schools shine during Computer Science Education festivities
Friday, Dec. 8
Superintendent Kishimoto and members of her leadership team attended Momilani Elementary's third annual CS for ALL Night. Due to the popularity of the annual festivity, the event was held at neighboring Pearl City High School. It featured hands on activities connected to concepts in computer science such as computing systems, networks and the Internet, as well as algorithms and programming.
"It's wonderful to see students and teachers get excited about Computer Science education, not just during this Computer Science Education Week but year-round," said Superintendent Dr. Christina Kishimoto. "We've been working on advancing Computer Science curriculum as part of our Strategic Plan. We look forward to presenting our plans before the Board of Education on implementation across cross-disciplinary fields such as Math, Science, STEM, Advanced Placement and Career and Technical Education." Read more here