The Nashville Technology Council will be partnering schools with local technology professionals during Computer Science Week, December 5-11th, 2016. This week over 2200 students across Davidson and Williamson counties will participating in the global movement: Hour of Code.
Many teachers are overwhelmed at the prospect of teaching computer programming – bringing technology professionals into classrooms as volunteers demystifies coding for teachers and students alike. The goal of the program is to engage students & teachers in order to spark an interest in technology and coding, while also educating students and teachers about the variety and availability of technology careers in Middle Tennessee.
NTC hosted an Hour of Code: Tech on Tap event on November 29 to discuss Hour of Code best practices. With over 50 individuals participating, we were able to match tech professionals with teachers in order to provide students with a great coding experience.
Thank you to those who joined us in this year’s Hour of Code!
I wanted to be a part of Hour of Code to reinvest in the next generation. So many teachers and colleagues have supported me and helped me in countless ways as I learned and continue to learn technology. This is one small way that I can show kids that you can do this and we will need you to do this in the future.
– Caleb Pagel, CTS
I’ve always been driven by the curiosity to tinker – breaking many phones, radios, alarm clocks and computers in the process. While technology has become far more accessible and integrated into our lives, both hardware and software have become black boxed. A new generation is growing up with devices that just work, and risk losing the opportunity to tinker and learn how things do what they do. Simultaneously, it’s become increasingly important for people to become versed in technology. There’s a gap that needs to be bridged. The best part about coding, and technology is it’s very hands on – making it really engaging for both instructors and student. Teaching someone how technology works, and how to program, is like real-world Connect the Dots: It’s incredibly rewarding to see faces light up when the dots have all been connected and people can see the complete picture. There’s always new and different ways of teaching the same concepts – and so teaching to code has become its own way of tinkering.
– Alishah Novin, HPA
Napier Elementary School decided to participate in the Hour of Code event because we are committed to working together to inspire leaders, learners, and high achievers who are prepared for personal and professional success. We are hoping that providing our students with this opportunity we will create excitement and enthusiasm for the use of technology and the development of 21st century skills. Also, the Hour of Coding opportunity will provide contacts with people and organizations that can help us develop our STEAM program and help us change the perception and focus of Napier Elementary School. We are a L5 School and we expect the best from the best so we are committed to being the best!!!!
– Watechia Lawless, Executive Principal
I wanted to provide my strident with every opportunity to help them see what the future holds for them. Hour of Code will allow them to experience something they might not have access to with this program. As a teacher I will do everything in my power to help my students become a productive part of society. That’s what teaching is all about!
– Fran Clarke, MNPS
I wanted to be involved in Hour of Code because I wanted to help dispel the myth that coding is something that is so hard that it scares young people away from it. There are different types of programming that fit all skill sets and natural strengths, and if we can get our younger generations engaged earlier, we’ll have far less mysteries and even more evolution in technology than we do now! Anybody can learn the foundation, and that will lead them to so many different discipline, be it web development, app development, data science, the list is endless! If I had the opportunity to be exposed to coding earlier in my life, I believe I would have grown in these skills that much more.
– Michael Chapman
I have a son in high school so I know how important it is to talk about careers and paths and of all the options he has, and maybe emphasize my career path as a developer.
– Anna Siphavong, Asurion
I wanted to participate in Hour of Code to expose students to the different opportunities available to them in the tech world beyond only programming – like Project Management, Product Development, Marketing, Training, Sales, etc. Also, to help them see a different side of tech beyond the user-facing perspective.
– Libby Monnette, Golden Spiral
I am a middle school librarian in MNPS, and I have participated in Hour of Code in the past. However, I am extremely excited to be able to partner with a tech mentor here in Nashville for this year’s activity. I think it is so important to give our students every opportunity to be exposed to professionals in the field of computer science. It is often difficult for us as adults to wrap our brain around the fact that we are preparing students for jobs that we cannot even imagine today. This is why it is so important that they get experience with coding both early and often.
– Amanda Tucker, McKissack Middle School
As an International Baccalaureate school, we at West End Middle are excited to be part if this global movement preparing our students for a successful and creative future of coding!
– Lucy Dixon, West End Middle School, MNPS
I am passionate about inspiring today’s youth toward a career in technology. The perception is that you have to be a game developer to be in the software industry and that is not the case. It is rewarding to help widen their understanding about what opportunities are really out there.
– Kit Jackson, Microsoft
It’s an exciting prospect to be able to spark a young student’s interest in technology and coding. Basic concepts of coding and computer technology, when presented in a way that is fun and engaging, has the potential to drastically alter the course of a child’s life for good. Who wouldn’t love to see that?
– Josh Stevenson, HPE
STEM education is critical to the success of our children and the US as we continue to compete in a global economy. Creating excitement in children for Science and Technology education while young is extremely important and worth the investment of time into the future leaders of Tennessee.
– Michael Johnston, Microsoft
I have had a very blessed life and by most standards a very successful one. I feel it is my duty to give back to the next generation and hopefully provide some small amount of inspiration for a young mind. In America you don’t have to be born into privilege to achieve remarkable things, you just have to have a passion and a curiosity for something. If I can help even one young person find that thing that makes them curious or fires them up then it will have been an fantastically successful day!
– Marvin Smith, HCA
I want to help expose kids to innovation and technology to make them aware of more career opportunities.
– Jason Boyd, Asurion
Why I wanted to participate is because I love to teach kids about technology. I love it when they get excited about how awesome technology is and what an amazing impact it has on their everyday life.
– Matthew Puckett, Cloud Solutions Architect, Microsoft
I run LiveSchool, a tech startup that serves schools. It’s been several years since I was a teacher in the classroom — and I miss it! The opportunity to engage with students and share my passion for technology seemed like a great opportunity. I hope to spark a student’s interest so that they can pursue a career path they might not have known existed.
– Matt Rubinstein, Live School
I want my students to learn about the field of computer science while problem solving and persevering. Every year I participate in Hour of Code, I learn something new about my students. I’ve watched my shyest students shout with joy when completing a difficult level. Student enthusiasm for #hourofcode is contagious!
– Kelly Carey, MNPS
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