K-12 Students Enjoy Hour of Code at STEMulus Center

Dec. 12, 2014 -- A packed house made up of energy-infused students in grades K-12 and their parents attended Wednesday’s “Hour of Code” at the CNM STEMulus Center downtown.
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The Hour of Code -- 60 minutes of technology, refreshments and community-- is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180 plus countries. During the Albuquerque event at the STEMulus Center, the students walked through fun, game-like tutorials with members of Albuquerque’s tech community. They asked questions and learned about coding, computer science and the opportunities that exist in technology.

"This was a fantastic event," said John Mierzwa, who runs the Deep Dive Coding Bootcamp at the STEMulus Center. "We had a full house, and the kids had lots of energy."

While the students worked through the tutorials, parents were engaged in discussions about Albuquerque’s current happenings in the tech community and beyond.

Mayor Richard Berry kicked off the evening, welcoming the students and parents, and expressed how proud he was of the students who were being introduced to coding. After completing the Hour of Code, each child was awarded a certificate of completion.

The premise of the Hour of Code is that every student should have the opportunity to learn computer science. The basics help further creativity and problem-solving skills and prepare students for future careers. But while software and computers are everywhere, fewer schools teach computer science than 10 years ago.

Last year’s Hour of Code event reached more than 15 million students worldwide.