Hour of Code events hosted by AIM
Last Thursday, members of the AIM staff headed to Wilson Middle School in Council Bluffs, Iowa to host an Hour of Code event.
“Hour of Code is a global movement that reaches tens of millions of students in over 180 countries,” said Erin Lasiter, Director of Product Support & Operations, AIM. “The goal of Hour of Code is not to become an expert computer scientist, but to learn that computer science can be fun and creative.”
To kick things off, students were given a list of coding games to try out during the hour. Games included characters from Star Wars, Minecraft and Frozen. This helps students get involved and interact with new technology, like coding, according to Elody Kiser, Wilson Middle School College & Career Coordinator, AIM.
Over 250 students and 27 teachers participated in the Council Bluffs event last week. This was a great opportunity for the AIM team to reach out to the youth that may not be directly involved in our AIM Youth programs. Over half the participants were female, according to Lasiter, which is also a big win for the event.
Near the end of the event, all students were given a certificate to commemorate their participation. There were also three tablets given out to students during the hour, thanks to Google’s sponsorship.
Between our two Hour of Code events in Council Bluffs and Lincoln this month, AIM had over 650 students, parents and adult learners participate! Our staff loves that we are able to provide programs like these to our community! Are you interested in getting involved?
If you found this article interesting, you may also be interested in our CoderDojo events, which pick back up in January. Read more about the sessions and volunteers here!
Check out more photos from the event here!