For the third year in a row, Holy Family Academy students recently participated in The Hour of Code.
The Hour Of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify "code", to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with 1-hour coding activities but expanding to all sorts of community efforts. In 2017, the week it was recognized from 12/4 - 12/8
HFA students were split into two groups. One group was playing coding games to learn how to develop code to make graphic or game graphics move or manipulate the game. Another group was working in teams and had to develop and write code using code blocks to make their "robot", which was another person, do a certain task that was given to the team. The "robot" left the room while the team wrote and put together the code, then the robot was asked to come back to the room, and read the code and perform the tasks.
The students enjoyed this immersive learning experience and it's just one of the ways HFA student are exposed to computer science. HFA infuses opportunities to code and build computational thinking skills into humanities classes in addition to STEM courses like Introduction to Robotics, Game Design and Engineering Design. Students code APPs in 10th and 11th grade cultural literacy tied to social justice topics and program robots after machining their parts in our SAIL Lab. Students are also exposed to computer science and coding in our courses with the Citizen Science Lab, Carnegie Science Center and Assemble.