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Ninety percent of American schools do not teach computer science. Fewer students are learning how computers work than a decade ago. Girls and minorities are severely underrepresented. And yet, technology is increasingly shaping almost every aspect of how we live our lives.

That’s why Mrs. Ellison’s Design Technology class and Applied Business class participated in the largest education event in history: The Hour of Code. During Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 9-15), many students from kindergarten through adults spent at least one hour learning computer science, doing online tutorials featuring Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Angry Birds. We were able to connect to this from our lab and participate in learning how to code.

The Hour of Code is a campaign to prove that regardless of age, race, or gender, anyone can learn how to not just consume, but build the technologies of the future.

Our students are among over 2 million already planning to try one Hour of Code during Dec. 9-15 worldwide. This movement, organized by Code.org and supported by Apple, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and over 100 others, is a statement that today’s generation of students are ready to learn critical skills for 21st century success.

Many of my students felt that it challenged their brain to think in the manner it takes to program a game or application for others to use. They liked that they could keep trying it until they got it right. Some did find it frustrating, but still kept at it until they were successful. One comment from a student, “I liked it, but I wouldn’t do this for my career.” This gave many students the opportunity to try it and see if this is a career for them.

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