Focused on building the IT Pipeline, AIM Careerlink recently participated in the global Hour of Code initiative that took place during the week of December 8-12. Throughout the week, AIM Careerlink staff worked with partner schools throughout the metro and also western Nebraska, engaging in hour long coding sessions. These included after school and evening activities for elementary through high school aged youth, in which they tried out programs through Code.org, Khan Academy, Code Academy, and Made With Code.
At the Hour of Code event hosted by AIM at the Gering Public Library in western Nebraska, parents were encouraged to participate alongside their kids. For many, the process of coding was a new skill. One parent commented “I always wondered what this was about – wow!”
In addition to sponsoring youth events, AIM staff at the Omaha office participated in their own Hour of Code on Wednesday, December 10. While gathered in The Combine meeting space, staff enjoyed lunch and trying out the popular code activities on Code.org and other sites.
This year, Hour of Code included 77,464 events around the world. The purpose of this annual event is to introduce as well as demystify the concept of programming to people of all ages. It is organized by the non-profit Code.org and is also supported by a number of partners including Microsoft, Apple, and Amazon.