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Council Bluffs students join global coding movement

AIM-TRiO Talent Search was honored to sponsor the Hour of Code event on December 3 at Woodrow Wilson Middle School. With the help of AIM, all science classes, totaling nearly 1,000 students, were able to celebrate the kick off to Computer Science week.

Hour of Code began as a one-hour coding challenge to give students a fun, first introduction to computer science and has become a global learning event, celebration, and awareness opportunity.

“It gives kids and experience to learn about computer skills, to learn about  programming, coding,” said Zach Scherb, an 8th grade science teacher at Wilson Middle School. “Some might not have any experience at all, but we use this opportunity to just say, try it!  And maybe it will spark something in them that reacts like, I love doing this.”

Teacher Zach Scherb helps a student.

Hour of Code has introduced tens of millions of students in over 180 countries to computer science, inspiring kids to learn more, breaking stereotypes, and leaving them feeling empowered.

AIM helped build on that historical number this year, and believes that every student should have the opportunity to learn computer science to help nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity.

“When it comes to computer skills, they can be applied in so many different ways,” said Scherb. “There’s a huge need.”

By starting early, students will have a foundation for success in any 21st-century career path.

“I tell them, in four years, you are going to be graduating, and the prospect of what you can do with these skills is unlimited,” said Scherb. “And it’s like, try it, explore and you might find something you love, and it might take you down a path you might never have gone down.”