RANDOLPH, NJ- Randolph students observed the international hour of code the week in December with special activities and lessons which opened up the world of code to students.

Fernbrook students in grades 1-5 celebrated the event by learning the basics of computer science as they wrote computer code using the www.code.org website, a non-profit site dedicated to teaching computer science to students. Coding is what makes it possible to create computer software, apps and websites, said media specialist Michele Savvides. “Programming (coding) skills are becoming increasingly important; quickly turning into a significant competency for the 21st century.”

Parents were also invited to join in the fun and watch their children create code for “Star Wars” “Frozen” and “Angry Birds” which they did with enthusiasm.

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  “You can do anything with code,” noted Fernbrook fourth grader Emilia Sharples.

“You can learn from computers,” added Fernbrook fourth grader Kaegan Murphy. “Computers are not just for games.”

Randolph Middle School technology students in Ralph Scimeca’s classes explored what code is and how it can be used.  Students discussed different pieces of technology they utilize that rely on coding to operate and then will  develop, through collaborative teamwork, their own code with Minecraft Education Edition. Students modified coding blocks to cause changes in their virtual world, often times called "mods".  Through the construction and manipulation of code, students will be given an opportunity to learn and practice computing concepts such as variables, loops, and conditional statements. In addition, curricula in Introduction to Programming, Science and Technology for the 21st Century, and Robotics I and II tie together programming content and skills to boost students understanding and interest in this growing field. 

Shongum students used code to solve problems and even get out of an escape room while Randolph High School students participated in a CyberPatriot Competition Friday afternoon and evening. The competition, which was created by the Air Force Association, is a network security challenge which consists of an online quiz and a virtual networking exercise based on specific training materials.

“The program will help make computers more secure and prevent hacking,” said junior Jake Pontelandolfo as he participated in the event in the high school computer lab with friend Ibrahim Syed, a junior.

RHS STEM Supervisor Anthony Emmons and AP Computer Science Principles teacher Matt Horner assisted students as Randolph Network Administrator Dave Acosta and Systems Administrator Tom Hellner supported students during the competition.

 Photo caption left to right, Randolph High School juniors Ethan Humphrey, Anthony DeMelfi and Tyler Harper enjoy the Cyber Patriot competition on Friday.