Students in grades K-8 at Unity Charter School participated in a celebration and exploration of computer science in celebration of Computer Science Week. 

What is Computer Science Week? 

“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. This grassroots campaign is supported by over 400 partners and 200,000 educators worldwide.” (https://hourofcode.com/us

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At Unity, we engage in school wide activities and celebrations. We began with a kick off celebration on Monday where student partners across grade levels came together to code a “Just Dance” style video using code.org’s Dance Party. Wednesday we had a school wide dance party where we danced to our programs and Tuesday and Friday were Drop Everything and Code Days where the whole school stopped in their tracks to code. This year, our largest celebration was on Thursday where the school engaged in 5 coding stations. Students engaged in outdoor unplugged activities, made a binary code bracelet, painted with Spheros, worked with Scratch, and explored another codable drone called BeeBots. We look forward to this week every year! 

We also welcomed many guest speakers into the school to impart their knowledge of computer programming and careers that knowledge of computer programming can lead to. Thank you to our commUnity parents, Wazila Rawat, Lee Clark, Alan Kudlak, Mike Jelley and Jenn Apito for sharing your skills with the students!  

Using computational skills to program machines helps students develop higher order thinking skills in a relevant and interactive manner.  The entire week was a great success. We are thankful for the students’ enthusiasm and willingness to try something new!