Lincoln Academy students participating in last year's Hour of Code event during their math class. The public is invited to the Community Coding Event on December 10 at 6 pm in Lincoln Academy's ATEC building.

Lincoln Academy students participating in last year’s Hour of Code event during their math class. The public is invited to the Community Coding Event on December 10 at 6 pm in Lincoln Academy’s ATEC building.

Lincoln Academy and Central Lincoln County STEM Guides invite the public to come code with the LA Innovation Technology (LAIT) team on December 10 from 6 pm – 7:30 pm at the Lincoln Academy Cable Burns Applied Technology and Engineering Center (ATEC), located behind the LA gym. This free coding workshop celebrates Computer Science Education Week and the national Hour of Code. No experience is needed and all ages are welcome.

During the Hour of Code event, participants will choose a one-hour tutorial that is generated by Code.Org, a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to show people of all ages that computer coding is accessible, and even fun. The ultimate goal of Code.Org is to promote technology education in hopes that some students will go on to pursue computer programming in high school, college, and beyond. New coders can try different coding challenges that include creating a “Flappy” game, drawing pictures with “Artist” or solving puzzles with programming language. More than 100 million students worldwide have already tried the Hour of Code.

Why Hour of Code? Every 21st-century student should have the opportunity to take part in creating technology that’s changing our world, yet according to Code.Org, fewer schools teach computer science today than 10 years ago. The basic skills help nurture creativity and problem-solving skills, and ready youth for any future career.  

“Lincoln Academy has been participating in the Hour of Code for three years now,” said Lincoln Academy’s Technology Teacher and LAIT Faculty Advisor Maya Crosby. “That is quite an accomplishment. Hundreds of LA students have tried coding in their math classes, and really gotten something out of it. We are happy that the Lincoln County STEM Guides encouraged us to reach out and invite the community to be part of the Hour of Code this year at LA.”

A computer screen showing the simple, easy to follow graphics of one of the Hour of Code exercises. Similar exercises will be offered this year at the Community Coding Event on December 10.

A computer screen showing the simple, easy to follow graphics of one of the Hour of Code exercises. Similar exercises will be offered this year at the Community Coding Event on December 10.

Anyone interested in trying the Hour of Code at Lincoln Academy should feel free to bring their own device own device (an iPad, laptop, or smartphone will all work), or use an available computer in the ATEC building. Lincoln County STEM Guides will be giving away door prizes and certificates of completion for those who participate. For more information about the Hour of Code at LA, please email info@lincolnacademy.org.

The ‘Hour of Code™’ is a nationwide initiative by Computer Science Education Week [csedweek.org] and Code.org [code.org] to introduce millions of students to one hour of computer science and computer programming.