AOIT Students Lead Hour of Code

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NHS students, both experienced and inexperienced in the field of computer coding, participated in the Hour of Code on Dec. 6. This event, a world-wide movement by Computer Science Education Week and Code.org, aims to reach millions of students all over the world through a one-hour intro to computer science and programming.

Throughout the day, Academy of Information Technology (AOIT) students headed up different stations in the school’s library and helped their peers learn about coding. Some classes participated as a whole, while other students came in to experiment on their free periods.

Available activities included interacting with a hacking simulation, learning computer languages such as Python, Logic and Java, programming Vector Robots, and more. At the end of the day, guest speaker Brandon Gerena from Accenture spoke to students about what a career in coding looks like, and his experience in working for major corporations.

“Coding is quickly becoming an essential skill that employers in many different industries expect their employees to have, or at least have an understanding of,” said Instructional Technology Resource Teacher Danielle Milazzo. “Because many of the positions our students will eventually apply for will require basic coding skills, it is critical that they are exposed to this as soon as possible.”