The Seaford School District marked Computer Science Education Week from Dec. 6-12 by participating in the national Hour of Code initiative.
At Seaford Harbor Elementary School, students worked on coding when they visited the library. They could choose from hundreds of games available through HourofCode.com, with the most popular being Dance Party, Mario’s Secret Adventure and Minecraft. In Dance Party, they could pick a character, select a background, add music and program the character’s movements using drag-and-drop coding.
The games were available in beginner and intermediate levels, so students could choose which worked best based on their comfort level with coding. Many Harbor students have done programming in the past through Hour of Code in previous years as well as Project Lead the Way lessons.
Seaford Manor Elementary School students took part in Hour of Code during STEAM classes. Each grade had a different activity, with introductory lessons for kindergartners and first graders, to more advanced coding for the upper elementary grades. Kindergartners created a world with emoji characters while third graders worked on animated poems, adding color, imagery and music based on the mood of each poem they read.
Sixth graders at Seaford Middle School coded a Mario Party video game. Teacher Julia Spellman noted that for each level of the coding activity, students had to accomplish challenges that increased in difficulty. They had to be extremely precise and detail-oriented to program the game successfully.