Students writing the code of the 21st century

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(Photo courtesy STEPHANIE DAVIS) Eli Davis, Rhoda Miller, and Yvonne Wayland learn JavaScript at an ‘Hour of Code’ class at Kaniksu Technology.

PRIEST RIVER — The entire West Bonner County School District will take part in Computer Science Education Week Dec. 4-10, and adults and students alike are invited to get their hands on a computer and learn how to write code during Hour of Code at Priest River Lamanna High School this Wednesday, Dec. 6 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Code is the DNA of computer-based applications we use every day such as online shopping websites, smartphone apps, and the programs running banking transactions. The United States lags behind other industrialized nations such as China and India in producing educated, experienced workers in the scientific, engineering, technological, and mathematical fields. Hour of Code is one initiative to remedy this situation. Organized by the nonprofit Code.org and involving more than 100 other nonprofit, corporate, and governmental institutions, Hour of Code is “a global movement that believes the students of today are ready to learn critical skills for 21st-century success,” said Cherie Coldwell, director of the 21st Century Community Learning Center at PRLHS. She noted that every Apple Store in the world has hosted an Hour of Code event, and that former President Barack Obama even wrote his own first line of code at an Hour of Code event several years ago.

Coldwell said Priest Lake Elementary School computer science teachers will be on hand to help at the Dec. 6 event. No experience is necessary to enjoy and learn code. The event will take place in PRLHS Room 142. No registration is necessary.

Priest River’s own Kaniksu Technology has hosted Hour of Code events annually, and regularly offers classes to adults and youth to teach coding and computer science skills. The local business will host free Hour of Code classes Dec. 12 at 2 p.m., 3 p.m., and 4 p.m. To register, go to kaniksutech.com, call 208-448-4058, or stop by at 5489 A Hwy. 2 in Priest River from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday.

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