Dexter’s Wylie Elementary Joins National Hour of Code Events

Dexter Community Schools’ Wylie Elementary (grades 3-4) is joining the Hour of Code, a global celebration of Computer Science Education week that is being billed as the largest learning event in history, from December 7-13th, 2015. Millions of students from New Zealand to Iceland, and, yes – Dexter, Michigan – are participating.

The Hour of Code is sponsored by Code.org, a public 501c3 non-profit dedicated to expanding participation in computer science by making it available in more schools, and by increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color. The Hour of Code is supported by major partners including Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Apple, The College Board, and many more. Hour of Code activities are self-guided tutorials that students complete alone or in pairs. Tutorials with subjects such as Angry Birds, Star Wars, Minecraft, and Disney’s Frozen introduce students to basic programming in an engaging and non-intimidating format. Wylie
students will be participating Wed, December 9th, Friday, December 11th, and Monday,
December 14th throughout the day during their media specials classes.

Mill Creek teacher Melanie Dever embeds Hour of Code exercises in the computer programming
class she teaches throughout the year, as part of the regular curriculum.

Superintendent Chris Timmis said, “Coding is essentially a new core-subject for our kids…as a
district, we are committed to providing these experiences to our students so they can prosper in
the world of the future.”

This post is from a press release submitted by the Dexter Community School district.

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