SPRINGFIELD, NJ — In an effort to help teach coding in a fun and relatable to the next generation of the workforce, Jonathan Dayton High School students participated in the Hour of Code activity on Tuesday.
Each year for the past few years, Jonathan Dayton holds the Hour of Code to coincide with Computer Science Education Week, which falls near the birthday of legendary computer pioneer Grace Hopper.
As part of the activity, held during activity period, students learn from members of the peer leaders group at the high school, who walk them through mini games and puzzles designed to teach them the basis of coding.
For Jonathan Dayton Peer Leaders member and Hour of Code team leader Jack Wolcott, giving his fellow students a basis in coding is important, as it will help them all in life and the workforce later on.
"I feel like it's starting to grow rapidly, the whole coding business," Wolcott said. "Everybody's starting to take part in coding. So it's better to know at a younger age than to know when you're a lot older...it gets [the students] involved immediately."
Mathematic and Computers teacher Mary Ellen Powers also echoed Wolcott on the idea that the coding was important. Powers was one of the supervisors for the program. She noted that the ease and simplicity of the Hour of Code meant that students could learn the basics of the field.
Additionally, Powers noted that in a world increasingly connected by technology, knowing the basics of coding would be an immense help to students upon graduation.
"I think when we even have our appliances coding and giving us information about how we live and what we need, it's probably more important than ever to have this to be a well-rounded citizen and a good future employee," Powers said.