Hour of Code
College and Career Academy to host Hour of Code event
Posted on 11/20/2014
ComputersWe all use computer programs but not many understand how the programs work with the computer.  Floyd County Schools College and Career Academy will offer the chance for you to unwrap the mystery as the school will host an Hour of Code event as part of the national celebration of Computer Science Education Week, December 8-12.  Each afternoon of the week, the school's computer lab will be open from 4 to 5 p.m. to allow third-grade to adult learners to try their hand at writing code.

Participants can choose from a variety of self-guided tutorials including Angry Birds, Plants vs. Zombies and video lectures from Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates.  The lab sessions will offer choices between games and activities to develop basic programming skills.  "You will gain insight into logical thinking concerning the computer," stated Brian Swanagan, instructor at the College and Career Academy. "We will have opportunities for participants to get experience in programming fundamentals so that they will be able to communicate with the computer."  No experience is necessary and there are fun activities for virtually any computer skill level.

Last year, 15 million students tried an Hour of Code in one week.  The participation of the College and Career Academy this year will help meet the 2014 nation-wide goal of 100 million young people experiencing an Hour of Code. The goal of the national movement is to spark an interest in learning computer science. "Once young people see what they can create right before their eyes using code, they are inspired to learn more," added Swanagan, "We want for this to be educational and fun!" 

The Floyd County Schools College and Career Academy is located on Tom Poe Drive.  Turn on Vocational Drive by the school sign across from Georgia Northwestern Technical College on Cedar Avenue.