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Briarcliff Students Participate In 'Hour Of Code' Computer Science Program

Every student at Todd Elementary School in Briarcliff Manor participated in the international initiative Hour of Code as an introduction to computer science. The Hour of Code took place during the week of Dec. 7-11.
Every student at Todd Elementary School in Briarcliff Manor participated in the international initiative Hour of Code as an introduction to computer science. The Hour of Code took place during the week of Dec. 7-11. Photo Credit: Contributed

BRIARCLIFF, N.Y. -- Every student at Todd Elementary School in Briarcliff Manor participated in the international initiative "Hour of Code" as an introduction to computer science.

The Hour of Code took place during the week of Dec. 7-11.

“Kindergarten students were introduced to coding in their classrooms using the carpets in the rooms as a grid,” said technology teacher Lori Whitman. “[They] learned to navigate the carpet grid by taking one step in a given direction either north, south, east or west to get to a specific location.”

The kindergartners then translated their navigation skills to an Angry Bird-themed coding activity that also used grid and directional terminology.

“First- and second-graders attacked coding by working in pairs because ‘two heads are better than one,’ [which is] a statement made by a code.org video that explains pair programming,” Whitman said.

Older students, many of whom have participated in Hour of Code in the past, were able to work more independently on coding activities using the code.org website. “All students signed a ‘We Participated in the Hour of Code’ poster that is displayed outside the computer room,” said Whitman.

While the Hour of Code may be officially over, students will continue to code in the school’s computer room and in their own classrooms.

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