We live in a world surrounded by technology. As educators, we know that whatever field our students choose to go into as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly hinge on understanding how technology works. Computer science opens more doors for students than any other discipline in today’s world. Learning even the basics will help students in virtually any career—from architecture to zoology. Just as we teach students how to dissect a frog or how electricity works, it’s important for every 21st century student to have a chance to design an app or an algorithm, or learn how the Internet works.

That’s why our entire school is joined in on the largest learning event in history: The Hour of Code, during Computer Science Education Week which was Dec.5th-11th.   In this past week, around 300 million students tried computer science in about 180 different countries across the globe.  Our students at Riverbend spent the last two weeks learning about coding and computer science then using that knowledge to design, create, and using coding in various kid friendly apps and online games.

See http://hourofcode.com/us for details, and help spread the word.

Submitted by:  Nikki Barker, Riverbend Elementary School