Stoneleigh-Burnham School will be hosting a registered Hour of Code event on Wednesday, December 9 from 12:30-2:00 p.m. in various locations around the school. The Hour of Code is part of Computer Science Education Week, which is December 7-13.

SBS STEaM Coordinator and teacher Andrea Tehan Carnes said the goal of the Hour of Code at Stoneleigh-Burnham is to spark interest in coding and computer science in girls who have never tried coding before to want to learn more.

“Coding is responsible for running basically everything that you plug in or that runs on battery power including computer software, microwaves, smart phones and their apps, and even the cars we drive,” Tehan Carnes said. “Learning to manipulate code is going to be an essential part of every resume of our girls as they enter the workforce in any capacity in the future. We hope that this event will give the girls a small taste of what coding is like, and help them see that it is accessible.”

Hour of Code at SBS is a STEaM initiative led by Tehan Carnes and facilitated by teachers, as well as students who love coding: 8th graders Ellie Flynn and Marina Keator, 10th grader Nana Liu, 11th grader Phoebe Karkos, and 12th grader Charlotte Minsky.

Tehan Carnes added that students will have more opportunities to learn and practice coding at various local events, including the upcoming Elms College STEM Day on December 5 and the Holyoke Codes “Hacking” event on December 12, and through the SBS Computer Coding Club, led by teacher Diego Ardura.

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