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Freehold Students Join Worldwide Hour of Code

Event teaches lessons on computer science, web coding and more.

Courtesy of Ali Ryan.
Courtesy of Ali Ryan.

As fully involved students in the 21st Century the Freehold Township Elementary and Middle Schools took part in an activity last week designed to bring common goals to children around the world.

The Freehold schools were part of a large network taking part of the “Hour of Code,” event which was part of Computer Science Education week. Ali Ryan, the district’s Information and Educational Coordinator said more than 14 million students in 160 countries took part in the event.

Ryan said activities included watching video clips on the Hour of Code website, talking about the role of a computer scientist and then doing coding activities themselves on the website. Older students were given the chance to use a web service called Scratch, which allowed them to make games, animated stories and interactive art that could then be shared with other users.

The teacher quoted popular musician Will.i.am. to describe what the event meant to her students. “Coders are the rock stars of today and Hopefully many of our students found out why during their Hour of Code.

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