Editor's Note: The "Hour of Code" is a global program to promote coding that reaches tens of millions of students in over 180 countries. Here is the United States, many schools conduct an Hour of Code during the week of December 5th through December 11th. Cape Cod Today has contacted each school district on the Cape to learn of their Hour of Code plans. We will publish a mini-feature on each school's submission as it is submitted.
Nathaniel H. Wixon Innovation School, Dennis-Yarmouth Regional School District
Wixon Innovation School principal Sean Owen sent us his plans for Hour of Code this afternoon. We commend him for spending some time with us on Thanksgiving weekend and have published is remarks verbatim.
To celebrate Computer Science in Education Week, all students at Wixon will participate in the Hour of Code movement in their Technology classes with Mrs. Zellers.
They will be using Scratch, a program created by MIT to help young students learn about programming. Scratch is a "visual programming language" that allows users to create interactive games and stories.
All fourth grade students will use Scratch to create a Pong game; all fifth grade students will create a Maze game.
In both projects, students will learn about using x and y coordinates, how to add scoring or timing, and will see the importance of being precise when creating a program as they trouble-shoot their "scripts". They will also have the chance to add special effects or find ways to make their games a bit more challenging.
Already students are looking forward to this event and excited to get started!