Hour of Code

This year TPS once again celebrated the Hour of Code but in a bigger way than ever before.  From kindergarten to 8th grade, classrooms were buzzing with the sounds of keyboards clicking as the highest ever number of Tigers participated in the worldwide event hosted annually during Computer Science Education Week.

Nearly 350 students (and some awesome teachers!) endeavored to learn coding basics in a variety of programming languages such as JavaScript, Python, HTML, CSS, and SQL.  Over the past two weeks, students became acquainted (or, in some cases, reacquainted) with how they, as budding programmers, could utilize logic and math to solve puzzles, build games, animate snowmen, control robotic movement, compress music files, and construct databases.

In the state of Pennsylvania alone, there are more than 17,000 open computer jobs in an industry that is now the number one source of new wages in the U.S.  Coding is becoming an essential skill for every corner of our economy as technology affects every field.  The Hour of Code event presented a great opportunity for students here at TPS to build some confidence with programming and attempt some of the work that goes into creating what we see and use each day.

Below is a partial list of the handpicked apps, sites, and products that students used during our school’s celebration of all things coding.