‘Hour’ Sparks a Lifetime of Rewards

Ninety-eight South Huntington K-5 classrooms participated in ‘Hour of Code’ last week. In our Silas Wood Sixth-Grade Center 19 classes participated. Presently an after-school coding program exists in grades 1-2. And, anticipated for the summer of ‘17, the popular “Minds of the Future” Coding Camp will return.
Ninety-eight South Huntington K-5 classrooms participated in ‘Hour of Code’ last week. In our Silas Wood Sixth-Grade Center 19 classes participated. Presently an after-school coding program exists in grades 1-2. And, anticipated for the summer of ‘17, the popular “Minds of the Future” Coding Camp will return.
Ms. Janine D’Elia, the District’s Instructional Technology Specialist did an amazing job organizing this event, which brought important 21st Century skills to our district.
Ms. Janine D’Elia, the District’s Instructional Technology Specialist did an amazing job organizing this event, which brought important 21st Century skills to our district.
Ashar Farooq, a sophomore at Walt Whitman High School talked about a new app he helped create that allows students to instantly see the schedule for the day for a specific classroom, just by scanning the room number on their smart phone or tablet.
Ashar Farooq, a sophomore at Walt Whitman High School talked about a new app he helped create that allows students to instantly see the schedule for the day for a specific classroom, just by scanning the room number on their smart phone or tablet.
Local parent Mr. Brandon Gerena who works for Accenture, shares his insight to how the latest technology that is part of our lives now, will be even more so in the near future.
Local parent Mr. Brandon Gerena who works for Accenture, shares his insight to how the latest technology that is part of our lives now, will be even more so in the near future.
During Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 5-11), students from Kindergarten through the sixth-grade used age appropriate courses, featuring some of their favorite contemporary characters that guided them in the basics of computer programming. For this young student, time spent showing his Dad what he learned was priceless!
During Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 5-11), students from Kindergarten through the sixth-grade used age appropriate courses, featuring some of their favorite contemporary characters that guided them in the basics of computer programming. For this young student, time spent showing his Dad what he learned was priceless!
Fisher-Price’s Code-a-Pillar is a ‘Toy of the Year' for 2017 and, according to Fisher-Price, encourages experimentation while developing important skills like problem solving, planning and sequencing and critical thinking.
Fisher-Price’s Code-a-Pillar is a ‘Toy of the Year' for 2017 and, according to Fisher-Price, encourages experimentation while developing important skills like problem solving, planning and sequencing and critical thinking.
zSpace 3D virtual reality technology is now being used to explore everything from the Human Heart to the Gravity on Jupiter. STEM Coach Mari Scardapane shows parents why our students are thrilled about using this latest technology to enhance their classroom experience.
zSpace 3D virtual reality technology is now being used to explore everything from the Human Heart to the Gravity on Jupiter. STEM Coach Mari Scardapane shows parents why our students are thrilled about using this latest technology to enhance their classroom experience.

This past Monday evening, eager students, as young as kindergarten right up through the sixth-grade, flooded the halls of Maplewood Intermediate School with lucky parents in tow to participate in a one-hour introduction to computer science, dubbed ‘The Hour of Code.’

“We want to show parents that anybody can learn the basics of computer coding, so this evening was designed to demystify code,” said Ms. Janine D’Elia in her welcoming remarks. “Every 21st century student should have the chance to learn about algorithms and how an app works just like they learn about photosynthesis and electricity.”

Several computer science students and their new teacher Mr. Frederick Feraco from Walt Whitman were also on hand to assist. Thank you sophomores Brandon Dowling, Ashar Farooq, and George Link for sharing their insights as well as mentoring our families in the breakout sessions.

“With computer science and coding, you can bring any idea to life,” added D’Elia.  “Students use technology to make something simpler. Coding is all about process and innovation, which brings in the engineering aspect. They use artistic skills to solve complex problems. Coding also reinforces mathematics as an important tool and skill used for problem solving.”

Computer science sparks fun and creativity, and it didn’t take long for our families to head to breakout sessions where they collaborated together, with the assistance of faculty volunteers, to solve coding in its simplest form. Having their families share what they had been doing the week before in the global initiative ‘Hour of Code,’ you could feel the sense of pride emanating from our youngest of students.

“It was remarkable to see so many people learning side by side with their children,” said Superintendent Bennardo.  “Ms. D’Elia went above and beyond in organizing this event, which brought important 21st Century skills to our district. The capacity crowd at this unique event is really a testament to the creative experiences that our district offers.”

Thank you to Ms. Janine D’Elia, the District’s Instructional Technology Specialist, and all of our district volunteers who worked so hard to ensure the evening was so successful.

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