HASBROUCK HEIGHTS --  Students in both Lincoln and Euclid Elementary Schools this week participated in an Hour of Code during Media classes. Classes were held in conjunction with Computer Science Week. The schools have been participating since its inception four years ago.

Students from Kindergarten through fifth grade participated in the week-long event. Students learned how to write Code (Blocks and Scratch) to create their own games.

“I think what ‘wows’ the kids the most is learning that they can be creators, not just consumers,” said Cindy Capozzi, media specialist, at Lincoln School.

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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 one-hour coding activities but expanding to all sorts of community efforts. The grassroots campaign is supported by 200,000 educators worldwide.

“Many of my students have gone home and continued learning. One girl told me that she has been hogging the family computer because she is so into coding!” said Capozzi. “It is thrilling to watch them celebrate their accomplishments.”

The Hour of Code takes place each year during Computer Science Education Week, held annually in recognition of the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (December 9, 1906.)