Franklin Elementary School in Westfield joined an international undertaking begun during Computer Science Education Week in December to encourage students to participate in the Hour of Code.  The activity is geared to promote interest in the field of technology and help nurture creativity and problem solving skills.
 
The entire study body at Franklin participated in a week-long event which took place in the school’s library led by Media Specialist Rachel Kennedy.  Students arrived two classes at a time and worked on repeat-loops, conditionals, and basic algorithms through a series of 20 self-running coding mazes in a “Lost in Space” tutorial.  Second graders (front to back)Alessandra Scrofani, Grant Como, Ronit Ashkenazi, Mia Ebel, and Brody Linenberg have fun as they advance to the next level on their computer screens.
 
 
Observing the students in action, Franklin Assistant Principal Scott Lipson stated, “The students and teachers really enjoyed this exercise and our Media Specialist, Rachel Kennedy, definitely put together an excellent program this year.”