Approximately 75 students at the Bertha C. Boschulte Middle School were introduced to core programming concepts as viNGN presented them with an “Hour of Code” during the school’s Career Day on Thursday, December 13, 2018. This year’s activity centered around the Illumination animated film “Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch“.
The game charts the adventures of The Grinch as he battles obstacles like wandering reindeer, errant ornaments and tall evergreen trees in his quest to rack up Christmas gifts. Three sessions were held and the children were divided into groups, with some using viNGN’s Google Chromebooks, and others playing the “unplugged” version. Both groups dove into the game with enthusiasm as they collaborated to achieve ever-challenging goals and finally programming their own “game” for both the digital and offline versions. Children doing the unplugged activity enjoyed themselves as much as those who were using the computers!
Launched in 2013, the Hour of Code is an international event held in the days surrounding the birth date of computer science pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (b. Dec. 9, 1906). Hopper was one of the first programmers; her work was integral to the development of COBOL (Common Business Oriented Language). She was also a Rear Admiral in the United States Navy. viNGN was among the first to participate in the Hour of Code when it began in 2013, making this the 6th annual celebration.
The Hour of Code was created as an encouragement to anyone who wants to learn computer science, from Kindergarten to any age. The Hour of Code team also advocates strongly for more computer science education in school systems, working with policy makers to enact regulations that facilitate STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education.