Experienced and novice coders try their hands at computer programming at Lincoln Academy’s 2018 Hour of Code.

The Lincoln Academy 2018 Hour of Code event was held on Friday, December 7, hosted by the school’s Coding Club. Sixteen people attended, including community members and LA alumni.

The LA Coding Club is led by LA seniors Wenxin Liang and Kai-Lin Shen. They organized the event as part of Computer Science Education Week, which aims to expose students of all ages to important concepts of computational thinking through simple programming activities.

“The Hour of Code is to encourage both the student and local community to explore the ‘fourth literacy,’ coding, in an interactive and engaging way,” said Kai-Lin Shen. “The event serves as both an introduction to coding for beginners as well as a time of bonding and learning for the experienced. Often coding and programming appear daunting but the Hour of Code’s purpose is to break that fear through the use of fun tutorials and a supportive atmosphere.”

The event was a success, according to Coding Club advisor Stephanie Cheney, Lincoln Academy’s Academic Technology Coordinator who also teaches Computer Science. “Everyone enjoyed spending the hour coding dance parties using javascript or a game called “Code Combat” with the Python programming language,” she said.

Shen said that the Hour of Code is an important way to help people get a taste of new technology, which is quickly becoming an essential skill. “Lincoln Academy is a technologically advancing school with a community open to growth and change. The development of the technological age is moving quickly, which means that it is necessary to spread awareness on advantage of coding.”