CCA hosted their annual Code Week for students on December 9th-13th in conjunction with national code week. All students in grades 7-12 had one classroom session to participate in fun, engaging activities that gave them a brief introduction to the important world of computer science.
Since technology affects every industry in the world, CCA uses this opportunity to give students a primer of the many different aspects of coding, engineering, and other STEM skills that are desirable in today’s workforce. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Projections, computing occupations make up 67% of all new jobs in the science, technology, engineering, and math fields(STEM). Additionally, many job openings in the U.S. offer occupations that desire employees with coding skills.
In view of the many different aspects of computer science and STEM, we offered several options for our students this year. We created activity stations, such as programming a micro-bit device, creating vibro-bots with toothbrushes and pager motors, creating paper circuits with LEDs and copper tape, Lego algorithms and more. This year’s code week was geared to have something for everyone to enjoy, be challenged, creative, and have fun.