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Hundreds Participate in Worldwide Hour of Code
The global computer programming initiative called Hour of Code is a movement to promote 21st century skills, such as problem solving and creativity. Almost 200,000 Hour of Code events have taken place all over the world. In our region alone, dozens of schools were a part of the movement, including Parkland School District’s Fogelsville Elementary School. In December, almost 600 students participated from kindergarten through fifth grade.
“A decade ago you wouldn’t have thought that kids as young as five are doing computer science, even at its smallest level," said Tom Murray, a parent and State Digital Learning Director of Future Ready Schools. "That’s truly what schools should be about – creating kids that problem solve, create, synthesize and analyze, because that’s what our world needs.”
Bethlehem Family Invents Math Game
When Moravian College student Velvet Alvarez was in middle school, her mother approached her family with an idea for a board game. What began that day with hand-written flashcards is now called “Math Game 2x3,” a bilingual math game that helps children learn and strengthen their multiplication skills. Velvet recently taught the FOCUS team to play, along with teammates from Donegan Elementary School in Bethlehem.
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