Inspiring Students in Local Communities

With a couple of clicks and keystrokes, high school student Lindsey wrote a computer program that drew dozens of squares on her screen as she dragged the mouse across it. “This is easily the coolest thing I’ve ever done,” the Anderson New Technology High School sophomore told her friends, watching in amazement as her code carried out various functions.

 

Anderson New Technology High School students participate in the 2014 Hour of Code.

 

At more than 77,000 schools around the world, students like Lindsey and Schuyler coded their own computer programs during the Hour of Code. Designed by Seattle-based nonprofit Code.org, the event reached more than 10.8 million students last week. Celebrities, including Microsoft’s Bill Gates, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerburg and President Barack Obama, even participated in the fun online lessons.

 

Coding in the Classroom

“We are introducing students to programming, but we are also hoping that they become more curious and explore computer science beyond that hour,” says Marcus Duvoisin, Curriculum Developer and Instructor at Digital Media Academy. As a former student at Anderson New Tech, Duvoisin says the high school, located in Northern California, helped jump-start his passion for computer science.

 

Bouncing-Ball

A bouncing ball programmed using Processing reacts to movements of the mouse.

 

Using Processing, a Java™-based programming language, students quickly learned many fundamental coding concepts. In no time, participants were drawing shapes, adjusting colors and even creating self portraits, all through programming. The intuitive and visual nature of Processing allows students to learn weeks’ worth of content in just an hour. As a result, more than 200 students at Anderson New Technology High School experienced the DMA Hour of Code workshop.

Anderson New Technology High School is one of the few high schools offering computer science programs in the U.S. Currently, less than 0.8 percent of students enroll in AP Computer Science. As technology continues to become an even larger part of our daily lives, the need for computer scientists is greater than ever before.

 

Start Coding this Summer

Want to become a computer programmer? Digital Media Academy is committed to teaching students valuable computer science concepts in tech hubs across America and Canada. Take a look at our extensive offering of programming courses and tech camps today.