Hour of Code 2017 (Primary Section)

Hour of Code 2017 (Primary Section)

Since its inception in 2013, Hour of Code is an event that changes peoples’ perspective about computer science, by exposing them to the wonders of computing, even if it be for an hour only. It is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. This year 164,465 Hour of Code events were celebrated around the world, 170 in Pakistan only. The purpose behind it is to understand and experience coding as a problem solving skill. AlHuda International School is one of those schools in Pakistan which steps forward to participate in the Hour of Code each year to inspire students to build on their computational skills. We introduced our students to the Hour of Code in a school wide assembly where they were acquainted with the concept and practicality of coding through a presentation and video. Our honourable guest speaker was Ms Amna Basharat, PhD from University of Georgia, currently Assistant Professor at FAST-NU, who has to her credit, the development of numerous popular apps. She interestingly related everyday life with coding and expressed her feelings of empowerment, creativity and confidence she gained through developing apps. She told the young audience that ‘If you can imagine it, You can code it’. The interactive session helped students understand the benefits of coding and the power it gives to make a change. The learning continued through online coding exercises for our students in their computer studies classes for three weeks of February. The Hour of Code puzzles help nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity. By starting early and learning computer science through creative activities like this, students will build a strong foundation for their success in any 21st century career path.

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