It’s time for the Hour of Code for 2017. This is a world-wide event aimed at getting students—of all ages!—introduced to the concepts behind programming computers. We’ve participated in this for a number of years, and taught coding at Rivendell in various classes and camps since 2007. We even prepared for this by doing a couple weeks of “unplugged” activities on pencil and paper. They learned about a sequence of instructions, loops, conditionals, and what an algorithm is.
It’s important for students to not just know how to use a computer, but to understand the fundamentals behind how it works. Not everyone will be a coder (just like not everyone will be an artist or musician), but it benefits everyone to have that background. And some will really take to it and become our next generation of computer scientists. Someday they’ll be programming robots, self-driving cars, or the next Google!