In December, I joined more than 40 volunteers from the City’s new digital main street, the Orlando Tech Association, to teach computer coding to more than 200 middle school students in the City of Orlando’s After-School All-Stars program. The students learned the basics of computer coding by participating in a one-hour tutorial based on the popular children’s movie Frozen or the Angry Birds game.
The tutorial was hosted during Computer Science Education Week and as part of Hour of Code, a global movement to introduce students to programming at an early age.
Computer science helps students nurture their creativity, logic and problem-solving skills and build a foundation for success in any 21st-century career path. Hour of Code also introduced students to leaders from Orlando’s technology industry, which is now the second largest industry in Orlando.
Hour of Code tutorials were hosted at four City middle schools: Howard Middle School, Jackson Middle School, Memorial Middle School and Odyssey Middle School.
I’d like to thank the Orlando Tech Association for organizing Hour of Code and for finding ways to teach our students about technology and the value it can have on their futures.