2014-12-12 / Community

Students to take part in coding activities

South Portland Schools are participating in Computer Science Education Week’s Hour of Code, Dec. 8 - 14.

Two elementary schools in South Portland will have their students use laptops and iPads to complete their hour of code using activities from Computer Science Education’s Hour of Code Website.

Corrine Altham, library information integrator, has organized a city-wide “Day of Code” for fourth- and fifth-grade students. This day will be a free event on Saturday, Dec. 13 at Small School. Two software engineers from Kepware Technologies in Portland have agreed to volunteer. Students will dig deeper into Scratch, different apps on code.org and Hopscotch.

Memorial Middle School will have every student complete their Hour of Code using Hopscotch, a free iPad app designed to teach programming basics. Technology Integrator Sarah Glatz will support the activity and provide additional Hour of Code activities in the library throughout the week. There will also be an after school programming session for girls only on Thursday, Dec. 11.

At Mahoney Middle School In South Portland, a guest software engineer, Paul Lefebvre, will visit and lead students through some of the activities. Technology integrator Steve Koelker will lead grades six and eight through their hour of code.

At the high school, students in Julie York’s programming class will support other classes as they participate in Hour of Code activities. District technician Ben Pinault will also present a large group lesson for anyone interested in joining.

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