Last week, TPF4Y facilitated Hour of Code at three Indianapolis Public Schools in order to celebrate Computer Science Education Week for the third year in a row. CS Ed Week is a worldwide, grassroots campaign to encourage as many K-12 students as possible (with over 323 million served so far!) to participate in an Hour of Code activity. Students around the globe are encouraged to try their hand at coding by completing one of Code.org’s introductory activities. We invited the students we worked with to try CodeCombat (for middle schoolers) and Disney's Moana: Wayfinding with Code (for elementary schoolers).
On Monday, December 5th, and Wednesday, December 7th, TPF4Y partnered with Harshman Magnet Middle School, IPS School #51, and Sidener Academy to expose students to the world of computer science. Some of the students had experienced Hour of Code in the past, while it was a new experience for others.
"Seeing the students gain confidence in their coding skills as they completed each exercise was awesome," said Lindsay Siovaila, a Salesforce employee and co-founder of Girl Develop It - Indianapolis. "In just a short time, these students began to build better problem solving and reasoning skills, and it was cool to be a part of that and help inspire the next generation of computer scientists!"
Thanks to over 100 volunteers provided by several corporate partners, we were able to impact almost 1,200 IPS students over the course of two days. Our efforts were even featured on Inside Indiana Business with an article and quick video. Click here to check it out.
While Hour of Code has wrapped up for this year, our CoderDojo Indiana initiative is always looking for dedicated volunteers passionate about bringing computer science to underserved students. Currently, there are 20 CoderDojos in Indiana and we are in need of volunteers at several clubs in Indianapolis as well as throughout the state. If you are interested in learning more about volunteering at a CoderDojo club, please complete this form and we'll contact you with more information!