Code Talkers: Some exploring national push to learn computer programming

Computer Code. The words can put fear into hearts of many people, but the reality is that it isn’t too hard to learn how to code. Many CFHS students are learning how to do it all by themselves.

Code.org has started a new program called Hour of Code. Participants in Hour of Code will spend an hour whenever they can and learn code in a fun and game-like way using familiar characters such as Angry Birds and Plants vs. Zombies.

Hour of Code also features famous technology gurus such as Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft, and Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook. It also features popular celebrities such as basketball player Chris Bosh, singer Shakira and actor Ashton Kutcher, who are all there to help one learn to code. Salman Khan of Khan Academy also has a program to help to teach people the basics of computer code.

Science and engineering teacher Ron Hoofnagle is enthusiastic about Hour of Code.

“Hour of Code is a useful tool for beginners. It is fun, and it makes learning how to code similar to learning a new game,” Hoofnagle said. “The variety of celebrity instructors will help some people be more motivated to learn.”

Sophomore Sam Zhang said he thought that learning code would be a good choice.

“I would like to learn how to code because that is where the future is headed, and most people will need to know how to code, so it would be good to learn as early as you can,” Zhang said. “Hour of Code does a great job of making code fun to learn.”

 

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