Bethpage Students Introduced to Computer Science with ‘Hour Of Code’

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The Bethpage School District held the annual Hour of Code event throughout their schools on Dec. 17. Students in grades 3-5 participated in the interactive activity as a part of Computer Science Education Week. 

Hour of Code is a global movement introducing millions of students worldwide to computer science. The goal is to inspire students to learn more, feel empowered by newly found skills and fight stereotypes in the industry. 

Students were tasked with a coding challenge set in the world of the widely popular children’s video game Minecraft. Superintendent of Schools Dave Schneider and Assistant Superintendent of Instruction Mike Spence tuned in through a live broadcast to all participating classrooms. They instructed students on challenges and answered questions via Google Classroom with the help of Director of Technology Andrew Choi. 

“We are extremely pleased with the growth of our Hour of Code event and participation from our students,” said Choi. “While the coding activities help to promote computer science, they also allow our students to use and hone their creativity, critical thinking, logic, and problem-solving skills, which are used across all subject areas.”