The week of December 4-10 is Computer Science Education Week and each year at this time, the Hour of Code takes place. The Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify "code", to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with 1-hour coding activities but expanding to all sorts of community efforts.
At Princeton Academy, through the guidance of LS Art and Making Teacher Maggie Rose, fourth grade students explored coding using Scratch and learned about building 3D objects with Tinkercad in Making class. Scratch is a free programming language and online community where you can create your own interactive stories, games, and animations. Tinkercad is an easy-to-use 3D CAD design tool. Eighth grade students learned and dissected the structure of HTML with Director of Technology Ray Shay. They will also complete a follow-up coding lesson in Khan Academy.