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"The Hour of Code" at Roosevelt thanks to Rackspace

Students on computers

With students focusing on getting their Angry Bird through the maze by building code, the library was as quiet as ever.

The internet is a language that connects the entire world, which makes it increasingly important that students learn how computers work and what they can do. Sponsored by community partner Rackspace Hosting, Roosevelt High School students had the opportunity to take part in “The Hour of Code,” an educational campaign taking place during Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 9-15). Mentors from Rackspace teamed up with students in the campus library on Dec. 12 to introduce students to an exciting computer programming experience.

School Librarian, Mary Jane McClendon, and Daniel Sherrill, community affairs specialist at Rackspace, were on hand to guide the students in building code. Students built code for a program that would move a character from Angry Birds through a maze to get to the evil pig that stole its eggs. Visual blocks were used to move the Angry Bird, by dragging and dropping the blocks to write the programs.

Computer science is behind some of the most innovative and growing jobs throughout the nation. It has been projected that more than half of jobs in the STEM fields involve computing, making it a high demand skill to have in the present and future workforce. Students were intrigued throughout the day as “Rackers” brought with them a real world experience that made becoming a computer technologist a realistic goal for students.

Posted on December 12, 2013