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“Hour of Code” at the National Science Foundation

“Hour of Code” at the National Science Foundation


♪ MUSIC ♪ SUZI IACONO: We, at NSF, are very excited to be partnering with Code.org to expand access to computer science education for K through 12 levels. Code.org has had an amazing reach with its Hour of Code. We, at NSF, look forward to continuing to work with them over the coming years. ♪ MUSIC ♪ JENNIE LYONS: We are doing computer science here at the National Science Foundation. The hope is that they will understand better about what computer science is and feel more comfortable trying this out either on their own, with their children, with their parents. ♪ MUSIC ♪ ALEX SIMONIAN: It’s really exciting. You know, I’m targeting that to send it to my grandkids. HELEN WRIGHT: So we were delighted to be invited by the NSF to come here and I got to participate in my very first Hour of Code. I get to watch Elsa draw a little snowflake. So it was neat. KAMAU BOBB: In the future, it’s going to be a kind of literacy that’s as fundamental as reading and basic mathematics. ANN DROBNIS: The excitement generated by the Hour of Code and CS education week is really important for our students but I think we need to keep the momentum going so that our students can really learn these skills. GERA JOCHUM: We’re bringing the Hour of Code even to the NSF Daycare. So you don’t necessarily need computers to do a computer science education activity. So here, we’re doing something unplugged. ♪ MUSIC ♪ NATALIE HARR: For one, it’s to cover sorting, sequencing, and giving clear directions. And those three skills are fundamental for early childhood education and I found with my work here that it’s also fundamental for computer science as well. And so by starting early to nurture these skills, students can later on apply them to more complex computer science concepts. JAN CUNY: So we just did activities with three, four, and five year olds that show them some of the basic things that you would do if you were writing a code. Too long computing has been thought a special thing for people who are computing geeks and program all the time but it’s really a skill that anybody can learn. ♪ MUSIC ♪

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