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Tahoe-Truckee students spark new interests during ‘Hour of Code’

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A student at Truckee Elementary participates in the school's recent Hour of Code lesson.

TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — TTUSD students say they love technology, and they use it often, whether they are at school, home, or in the community.

Despite their frequent use of technology, most students do not fully comprehend how technology works.

To address this, TTUSD recently welcomed the opportunity to participate in an "Hour of Code" to expose students to another side of technology.

Hour of Code was initially created in 2013 to celebrate Computer Science Week. The idea is each student has an hour-long introduction to computer programming to demystify coding and show students that anyone can learn the basics.

By participating in the Hour of Code, TTUSD students are given the opportunity to learn new skills that have the potential to change the rest of their lives.

Scholars successfully create projects and apps on their own, as well as program games, and for some, an interest may be sparked in becoming a computer scientist or pursuing a career in technology.

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Heidi Bushway Verkler, a computer teacher at Truckee and Tahoe Lake elementary schools, shared, "It was great to participate in an Hour of Code. I love watching the student's creativity and ingenuity shine through when they are given the time to explore, problem solve, collaborate and create.

"Our students were able to learn a great deal in a short amount of time because the games provide hands-on learning in a fun manner."

Participating in an Hour of Code is in alignment with TTUSD's focus of providing more STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics) opportunities to its students whenever possible.

The district plans to continue participating in the event as it engages and challenges its scholars and the students have fun.

This article was submitted to the Sun by the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District. Visit ttusd.org to learn more.