10 December 2018
To conclude its Computer Science Week, De La Salle was honored to welcome James Virgini, a Senior Innovation and Design Engineer from Amazon.com, who guided approximately 70 of our students through the Hour of Code initiative which consists of students creating their own apps or games as well as interactive, hands-on activities that enabled the Meteors to learn computational thinking skills in an approachable way.
The Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify “code”, to show that anybody can learn the basics and to broaden participation in the field of computer science.
It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with 1-hour coding activities and also expanding to all sorts of community efforts.
Other activities during the Hour of Code included students learning about jobs in the tech industry, discussing all the ways that technology impacts the world through innovations and our Meteors choosing and working through Hour of Code tutorials from code.org with the goal of exposing the students to coding.
The event concluded with a reflection about what was learned as well as a question-and-answer session.
De La Salle thanks Mr. Virgini for visiting our school and for providing his knowledge and insight to our students in this most worthwhile opportunity.