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Thanks to parents attending Dublin's first ever Parent University! I am thrilled that you selected the Hour of Code session. My goal is to give you a deeper understanding of the purpose of The Hour of Code and how it fits into Computer Science Education Week.

Hour of Code happens during Computer Science Education Week. So what is computer science? It is the study of computers and algorithmic processes, including their principles, their hardware and software designs, their applications, and their impact on society (Tucker et. al, 2006, p. 2). Computer Science is more than just code. It's mostly about the thinking.

It's Your Turn

We are going to roll up our sleeves and try some of the activities that your kids tried during Computer Science Education Week! It's best to work collaboratively - Groups of 2-3.
Write Your First Computer Program
Learn the basic concepts of Computer Science with drag and drop programming. This is a game-like, self-directed tutorial starring video lectures by Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Angry Birds and Plants vs. Zombies. Learn repeat-loops, conditionals, and basic algorithms.

At the conclusion of this activity, you will use these coding concepts: basic sequences, patterns and procedures, overloads, loops, and conditionals. This activity begins very basic and gets increasingly challenging. It may be more helpful to work in teams of 2-3 so that you can talk through challenges together.

The Kodable online activity utilizes sequences, conditionals, loops, and functions. This is a good activity for K-2 since kids don't need to know how to read in order to use higher-level computer science skills.

Family Maker Challenge

Do you want to do some design thinking with your family? Think about participating in our Family Maker Challenge! It's fun for the whole family, and helps stretch your creativity.

Featured Scratch Project - Created by an 8th Grader at Sells Middle School

Press the green flag to get another letter/word in the top right corner. To start, press the space bar. You are the bug, so to control it, press the arrow keys. You are trying to get all the letters, except for the ones that are black, (hint: the one in the big letters in the top right corner). If you do eat the black ones, the game is over. There is a timer to show how long it takes you, and on the bottom right corner is a recharge flag, which makes you smaller and faster, so it's easier to win! Also, the two letter words are in bright blue, because they are harder to get. Good luck!

Visit This Project in Scratch - Click the blue "See Inside" button to appreciate the coding she did to create this game!

#DublinHOC on Twitter

Visit #DublinHOC on Twitter to read about what our kids did district-wide during Computer Science Education Week.