STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Hour of Code inspires kids to learn about technology

Local kids took a seat in front of a computer Tuesday night for an important but fun lesson. Rose-Hulman Institute of technology hosted an "Hour of Code" event to prepare students for a high-tech future.

Posted: Dec 5, 2017 11:01 PM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - Local kids took a seat in front of a computer Tuesday night for an important but fun lesson. Rose-Hulman Institute of technology hosted an "Hour of Code" event to prepare students for a high-tech future.

7 year old McKinley was one of nearly ninety kids participating in the event.

"I'm coding Moana to defeat the coconuts on the ship."

It is one of many global events happening this week with the goal of getting five hundred million people coding.

Rose-Hulman organized three one-hour sessions on campus for youths in kindergarten through second grade, third through fifth grades and sixth through eighth grades in the Olin Advanced Learning Center. The sessions featured activities appropriate for that particular age group.

Dr. David Fisher, Professor of Computer Science and Software Engineering says, "One of our middle school hour of codes is, they're actually making an app in an hour and it's kind of a fun game because you can send it to your phone and see what your app is."

Younger kids worked on a series of challenges.

McKinley says, "I have blocks that I can code Moana to go to certain places and dodge their weapons and kill them."

Each student had access to a computer to complete hands-on projects through an online Hour of Code tutorial. Rose-Hulman student volunteers were available to assist the children, and computer science professors David Mutchler and Fisher provided a short talk about how students can expand their computing horizons through more online modules.

Dr. Fisher says computer literacy and programming skills have joined reading, writing and arithmetic as essential skills for elementary school students in preparation for tomorrow’s high-tech future.

Computer programmers and software engineers use code to create phone apps and websites.

He adds, while there may be more jobs available in places like Indianapolis there is still a need for qualified workers in Terre Haute.

"In the world today there's a lot more jobs available in programming than people available to fill them and it's actually a really quite staggering gap that keeps getting bigger every year."

McKinley says coding is like playing a game and she is the designer. She likes learning with family and friends and thinks others should try it.

"I think that it's great and that they should share it with their friends or others so that they can learn how to code, too."

Fisher and others organized a Connecting with Code computing educational experience last summer on campus for groups of elementary school and middle school students. He says they will offer the program again and encourages parents to sign their kids up for the class.

Fisher says, "If your kid's got a couple minutes in the van, look up an app like box island or lightbot and let them play that instead of something else and they'll actually really value it and if you trick them right they won't even know they're learning."

Terre Haute
Few Clouds
69° wxIcon
Hi: 85° Lo: 60°
Feels Like: 69°
Robinson
Scattered Clouds
67° wxIcon
Hi: 84° Lo: 58°
Feels Like: 67°
Indianapolis
Scattered Clouds
66° wxIcon
Hi: 81° Lo: 62°
Feels Like: 66°
Rockville
Overcast
62° wxIcon
Hi: 84° Lo: 58°
Feels Like: 62°
Casey
Clear
68° wxIcon
Hi: 84° Lo: 60°
Feels Like: 68°
Brazil
Few Clouds
69° wxIcon
Hi: 83° Lo: 59°
Feels Like: 69°
Marshall
Few Clouds
69° wxIcon
Hi: 84° Lo: 59°
Feels Like: 69°
Partly sunny with a chance of pop-up showers
WTHI Planner
WTHI Temps
WTHI Radar

Latest Video

Image

Sunday Morning Forecast Update

Image

Saturday Morning Forecast Update

Image

Ryan Lieberman

Image

Zoe Stewart

Image

WVFCA Friday Night Lights

Image

Tim Hayes

Image

Keeping your house cooler without running the A.C. all day

Image

Several local groups partner to help you learn new job skills

Image

Duke Energy says scammers have a new tactic to steal your information, and it involves refund checks

Image

Richland County sees an increase in young people contracting COVID-19

WTHI Events

 

Illinois Coronavirus Cases

(Widget updates once daily at 7 p.m. CT)

Confirmed Cases: 154094

Reported Deaths: 7369
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Cook951384711
Lake10318428
DuPage9641485
Kane8078281
Will7223325
Winnebago3156105
St. Clair2265144
McHenry2248102
Kankakee141466
Unassigned1180201
Rock Island116930
Madison116770
Kendall104823
Champaign103817
Peoria64430
DeKalb63720
Boone63521
Sangamon51933
Jackson35119
McLean31515
Randolph3107
Ogle2964
Stephenson2836
LaSalle25417
Macon25022
Clinton24717
Whiteside20915
Union20519
Grundy1935
Coles19017
Iroquois1755
Tazewell1728
Knox1680
Adams1671
Monroe15513
Williamson1554
Warren1490
Cass1388
Morgan1343
Jefferson11417
Henry1111
McDonough10615
Lee1052
Vermilion892
Pulaski840
Marion770
Montgomery731
Macoupin673
Douglas610
Perry611
Jo Daviess541
Livingston542
Christian504
Jasper477
Woodford462
Franklin450
Ford421
Clark400
Jersey401
Bureau372
Menard310
Effingham301
Cumberland290
Mercer290
Johnson270
Washington250
Alexander240
Fayette243
Mason240
Moultrie240
Wabash230
Piatt210
Bond201
Carroll202
Crawford200
Hancock201
Logan200
Shelby201
Edgar190
De Witt180
Wayne181
Fulton160
Massac160
Saline160
Schuyler130
Lawrence120
Marshall120
Brown100
White100
Richland90
Greene80
Henderson80
Hamilton70
Gallatin60
Pike60
Stark60
Clay50
Edwards50
Hardin20
Calhoun10
Pope10
Putnam10
Scott10
Out of IL00

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

(Widget updates once daily at 8 p.m. ET)

Confirmed Cases: 51079

Reported Deaths: 2756
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Marion12019693
Lake5588248
Elkhart353959
Allen2939134
St. Joseph210669
Hamilton1691101
Cass16449
Hendricks1454100
Johnson1340118
Porter82638
Tippecanoe7709
Vanderburgh7276
Clark69544
Madison67464
LaPorte61628
Howard59858
Bartholomew59745
Kosciusko5754
Marshall5449
Noble51328
LaGrange4849
Boone48244
Jackson4783
Delaware47152
Hancock46736
Shelby45425
Floyd40644
Morgan34231
Monroe34028
Grant31826
Dubois3046
Henry30018
Montgomery29720
Clinton2903
White27410
Dearborn25823
Decatur25632
Lawrence25225
Vigo2528
Warrick25029
Harrison21722
Greene19432
Miami1932
Jennings17912
Putnam1738
DeKalb1694
Scott1649
Wayne1546
Daviess15017
Perry14710
Orange13723
Steuben1362
Jasper1352
Ripley1307
Franklin1278
Gibson1202
Wabash1162
Carroll1142
Fayette1067
Whitley1066
Starke1043
Newton10010
Huntington942
Jefferson862
Wells821
Randolph794
Fulton731
Knox710
Jay700
Washington681
Pulaski661
Clay645
Rush613
Posey570
Spencer541
Owen521
Benton510
Sullivan501
Adams491
Brown431
Blackford402
Fountain352
Crawford330
Switzerland320
Tipton321
Parke270
Martin260
Ohio230
Vermillion200
Warren151
Union140
Pike110
Unassigned0193