WEST ORANGE, NJ - Fourth and fifth grade students at Washington Elementary School recently joined in an international celebration of computer science by hosting their own "Hour of Code" events.

Washington was one of many schools across West Orange and the world to participate in these activities, most taking place during Computer Science Education Week (CSEW). CSEW is timed to correspond with the birthday of Admiral Grace Alice Hopper, a pioneer in the field of coding.

A one-hour introduction to computer science explained the basics of “code,” or the language that makes it possible to create computer software, apps and websites. This also includes browsers and operating systems. There are different languages for different purposes.

Students participating in “Hour of Code” activities learn the basics that can open them to the growing field of computer science. All students in West Orange Public Schools have the opportunity to learn the basics of computer science, which helps in the development of problem-solving skills, logic and creativity.