One of our most fun events is our participation in the national Computer Science Education Week — specifically, Hour of Code. This year, we once again teamed up with our partners at Junior Achievement and the students of Herbert Hoover High School's Academy of Information Technology (AOIT).
Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) is an annual program dedicated to inspiring K-12 students to take interest in computer science. Hour of Code is the main activity for that week.
We enlisted the help of three of our developers: Eric, Thomas, and Brian. Based on previous feedback, they came up with a unique project to work on this year. The students were going to “enhance” a mock-up of Hoover’s website for fun — and as a learning experience.
Through this project, they were able to “change” their grades, layouts, and graphics of the site in a virtual environment. The developers gave a brief introduction and a tutorial. They were then set loose into the world of coding and web development.
Based on the number of thank you letters we received, it looks like the students not only learned something, but also had fun doing it!