Students Learn New Language Through Hour of Code

Students across the district are learning the language of coding this week in conjunction with one of the largest worldwide learning events in history: The Hour of Code. Students in every school are spending one hour during Computer Science Education Week, held Dec. 7-13, with their school’s educational technologist and other staff members to learn about coding. Through the use of several different apps, students at every grade level are learning the new technology in a fun, easy-to-understand way.

Students at both Mesnier Primary and Rogers Middle School also learned more about how coding can help them in their future careers when ambassadors from Monsanto’s IT External Outreach Strategy visited each school to talk about Agriculture and how industries like computer science are playing a role in food and agriculture.

1215 - HoC-23“At Monsanto, we understand that technology innovation is vital in the quest to find smarter ways to feed the world.  Collaboration will help us increasing the workforce within science, technology, engineering and math (STEM),” explains Stephanie Bahr, IT External Outreach Strategy Lead.  “Organizations, like Monsanto and the Affton School District, strive to make a difference in people’s lives through education and innovation.”

By participating in the Hour of Code, students are gaining a broader understanding of 1215 - HoC - 12technology and learning more about the careers available in the field of computer science. Nearly 150 million students around the world have participated in The Hour of Code since its inception in 2013.

Even though students will only devote one hour of their week to coding, they can access additional coding activities to work on at home by visiting www.code.org/learn.