LOMBARD – Montini Catholic High School students joined students all over the world during the week of Dec. 4 for an Hour of Code as a way to commemorate and celebrate Computer Science Education Week, according to a news release from the Lombard school.
Both events are held annually in recognition of the birthday of computing pioneer Adm. Grace Murray Hopper, who was born Dec. 9, 1906.
"The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science designed to demystify code and to broaden participation in the field of computer science," Montini Technology Director Pete Farina said in the release. "It has become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science with over 450 million hours of code completed so far."
The main goal of the movement is to provide the opportunity for students to learn computer science basics in order to help nurture creativity and problem-solving skills, the release stated. The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in more than 170 countries.
"By participating in this worthwhile project, our hope is to spark an interest in computer science and give students a chance to become creators of apps and games, not just consumers," Farina said in the release. "In today's world, every student should have at least a basic understanding of the code that runs all the apps, gadgets, and Web services that they constantly use."