Last week, faculty members Denise Stasio and Lisa Stinson hosted the Hour of Code at St. Agnes, a national plan to dedicate an hour to learning more about computer science. Students filled the third floor of our science wing to practice one of four code exercises. For many, this was their first try at computer programing.
Sophomore Tori Lutz said, “I thought this was a great opportunity to experience the basics of coding! I think coding will be very important in the future and that it’s good if we have a chance to start it now!”
Launched in 2013, Code.org® is a non-profit dedicated to expanding participation in computer science by making it available in more schools, and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color. More than 75 million students have tried the Hour of Code. 34% of high school participants are girls.
This year’s exercise is just the beginning. St. Agnes is excited to offer a new one semester programming elective next year, taught by Denise Stasio.
You can try an Hour of Code, too. Visit http://code.org/learn.