NEWS Walnut Valley Unified School District
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 880 S. Lemon Avenue
December 12, 2014 Walnut, CA 91789
Kelli Gile, Office of Community Resources
(909) 595-1261 ext. 31204
Walnut Valley students join ‘Hour of Code’
WALNUT, CA—Walnut Valley students joined tens of millions of students in over 180 countries in the ‘The Hour of Code’ campaign held during Computer Science Education Week December 8-14.
“Elementary, middle, and high school teachers around our district embraced the opportunity to enlighten our students’ imaginations. I am really proud of our teachers and appreciate this innovative program,” said Board Member Dr. Tony Torng.
The initiative launched last year by the non-profit Code.org group in an effort to introduce students to computer science, demystify coding, and demonstrate that anyone can learn basic coding.
All sixth, seventh, and eighth graders at Chaparral Middle School participated on December 9 and 10.
“Our school values 21st Century skills and providing all students the opportunity to learn computer programming. The Hour of Code is just another example of our school's dedication towards developing creative problem-solvers,” said seventh grade math teacher Denise Loera.
Math teachers and administrators went above and beyond to support every student’s ability to write algorithms by coding in the classrooms, she explained.
“Last year, our Chaparral Cougars learned to code during the new worldwide event and enjoyed the engaging tutorials and lessons,” Assistant Principal Jen Alcazar said.
Some students even started a coding club as a result of the experience.
Students at C.J. Morris Elementary in Walnut enjoyed this week’s coding lesson.
“Thank you for letting us do this, it is the best day ever!” said fifth grader Nicolas Noguera to teacher Tara Noelte.
“The Hour of Code program provides our students a chance to get inside the wonder of making games, robots, airplane and many other life related products!” added Dr. Torng.
This year’s ‘Hour of Code’ event kicked off with a “Frozen tutorial designed to attract more girls. Disney Interactive teamed up with Code.org to create a free one-hour lesson.
During interactive tutorials, students used computer coding to create snowflakes, snowmen and patterns that enables sisters Anna and Elsa, from the popular ”Frozen” movie, to move around the ice.
Vejar Elementary School fourth grade students also liked trying out the Angry Birds lessons.
“It’s awesome!” exclaimed Frederick Chin, age 9, after successfully completing the tutorial on December 11.
Teacher Mindy Martin said the children were so excited about the lesson that they didn’t jump out of their chairs when they heard the recess bell.
“And that never happens,” she said.
Vejar kindergarten teacher Natalie Lawrence brought her young students to the computer lab for the Hour of Code on December 11.
They practiced using the left, right, and forward coding commands on the tutorial.
“I thought it was an awesome opportunity for my students.”
Vejar Elementary 4th graders joined the Hour of Code, an initiative that introduces computer programming to students.
Vejar Elementary kindergarteners got a chance to experience the Hour of Code on December 11.
C.J. Morris 5th graders Ashley Chan, Emma Slaby and Eryn Castro enjoyed the Hour of Code experience.
C.J. Morris Elementary 5th graders Ethan Ngo and Christopher Mendoza during the Hour of Code lesson.
Chaparral students proudly completed the Hour of Code challenge.