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Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Participates in ‘Hour of Code’ event with Moody High School

December 16, 2013

Hour of Code

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – More than 90 Moody High School students engaged in hands-on learning during the Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) “Hour of Code” event held on Friday, Dec. 13.

Burak Ersoy, Instructor for the Department of Computer Science at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, and the Innovation Academy at Moody High School facilitated the event at Moody High School. The event, a one-hour introduction to computer science, was designed to make learning the basics of computer code easy and accessible to everyone.

“Computer Science is in every aspect of our lives,” said Ersoy. “If you would like to rule the future, you have to be a member of a computer science society.”

Ersoy taught students, entering ninth grade at the Innovation Academy, how to create their own programs and games using programming tutorials from the website code.org. The website uses fun and interactive games such as Angry Birds to get students interested in computer programming. Participants start at level one and work their way up to harder, more complex programming. As they complete levels, students can view instructional videos on new programming concepts from experts like Mark Zuckerburg, Chairman and CEO of Facebook, Inc.

“Programming is one of the coolest activities at the present time and it is not limited to geeks or adults,” said Ersoy. “Everyone can be a part of the Hour of Code event, and I invite the rest of the Coastal Bend community to learn programming with Angry Birds.”  

Corpus Christi Mayor Nelda Martinez issued a proclamation stating that the City participate in CSEdWeek from December 9-15. CSEdWeek is an annual program that focuses on showing students the importance of computer science education. The program was organized by the Computing in the Core Coalition and Code.org which focuses on the roll computer science plays in K-12 education.

To learn more about an “Hour of Code,” go to csedweek.org.

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