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School children
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placeholder January 23, 2017   •   VOL. 55, NO. 2   •   Oakland, CA
Catholic Schools Week

Third graders Chase Baker, Abigail Augaston, Andrew Lane and Preston Spalasso participated in the Hour of Code at St. Isidore School, Danville.

School children from all grades learning to code

Catholic school students in the Diocese of Oakland joined an estimated 300 million students in classrooms around the world who participated in the annual "Hour of Code" event held last month.

At St. Clement School in Hayward, pupils in grades kindergarten through 8 started their adventure in the coding world by animating their favorite characters and created their own games with companies like Disney.

Pupils at St. Isidore School in Danville used computer code, repeats, conditional statements to complete coding challenges presented to them. This marked the third year that the school participated in the event, which is held annually during Computer Science Education Week. "This was a wonderful event to get our students exposed to and excited about programming," said Kim Park, educational technologist at the school.

Hour of Code is held yearly in early December during Computer Science Education Week. It was started as a way to introduce computer science, demystify "code" and show that anyone could learn the basics. According to the hourofcode.com website introducing students to computer science at a young age will help provide an important skillset as the need for computer knowledge and technology in industry is increasing.

Students at Oakland's Bishop O'Dowd High School were taking part in the global project for a second year. The high school students were able to choose from dozens of tutorials ranging from Star Wars and Minecraft, which were designed to improve their skills in computer programming like Blocks and JavaScript.

Romeo Baldeviso, BOD's chief information officer, said in an article posted on the school's website that he was "delighted" that the school had participated in the Hour of Code once again.

"Computing occupations are the No. 1 source of all new wages in the U.S. and make up two-thirds of all projected new jobs in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields. We need to improve access for all students, including groups who have traditionally been underrepresented and events like an Hour of Code allow us to reach these students."

For the "Hour of Code," pupils at St. Clement School in Hayward created their own games with companies like Disney.
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