Hour of Code Kicks Off in Glen Cove


Elementary students in the district participated in a worldwide celebration of computer science education with an Hour of Code, sponsored by Code.org.

During a recent STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts and math) class at Gribbin, kindergartners engaged in “Meet the Fuzz” during their Hour of Code. The lesson began with STEAM teacher Jessica McKenna discussing with students different types of machines and some of the careers that computer scientists can attain. The students were then introduced to coding and learned several commands, which allowed them to move their fuzz character through a maze. Each level of the game became increasingly difficult.

Students in Ken Altamirano’s and Cheryl Carmody’s STEAM classes also participated in grade-appropriate coding lessons as part of the Hour of Code celebration. Over the next few months, students will continue to learn about computer science and be taught how to program various characters across multiple platforms. Children in the primary grades will use symbolic and block coding, while students in grades 3-5 will continue to use block coding and learn JavaScript.

Additionally, district STEAM teachers are using Common Sense Media’s Digital Passport and Everfi Ignition Digital Citizen programs to teach students in grades 3-5 how to be safe and kind citizens while on the internet.