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Winslow Catholic school in National Campaign promoting computer science education

Posted Jan. 07, 2014, at 9:50 a.m.
From left, Isabelle Giguere (kindergarten), Alaina Lambert (grade four), Kylie Hines (kindergarten), and Aidan Larrabee (grade four).
From left, Isabelle Giguere (kindergarten), Alaina Lambert (grade four), Kylie Hines (kindergarten), and Aidan Larrabee (grade four).
From left, Jon Day (grade five), Mary Grace Day (kindergarten).
From left, Jon Day (grade five), Mary Grace Day (kindergarten).
From left, Thomas Fortin (grade five), Jayden Quirion (kindergarten).
From left, Thomas Fortin (grade five), Jayden Quirion (kindergarten).
From left, Madalyn Provost (kindergarten), Kaylee Nadeau (grade five).
From left, Madalyn Provost (kindergarten), Kaylee Nadeau (grade five).

WINSLOW, Maine – St. John Regional Catholic School, located on 15 South Garand Street in Winslow, recently participated in the Hour of Code, a national initiative, which aims to promote computer science education in schools while teaching younger children the basics of computer programming. The school, which has pre-kindergarten through sixth grade students, paired off younger and older students to work together on computer-based tutorials.

“We want our students to have experiences that provide them with the ability to integrate computer technology into their everyday lives,” said Claudette Massey, principal of St. John Regional Catholic School, in a diocese press release. “It cannot be just about word processing. Experiences like this whet the students’ appetites for deepening their technology skills and can potentially open up career options for them in Maine.”

The Hour of Code was sponsored by Microsoft, Google, Apple, Amazon, LinkedIn and over 100 other partners. The entertaining, self-directed classroom activities demystified the process of computer programming and the field of computer science for many participants.

“The tech lab was buzzing,” said Massey. “Every student was fully engaged with the game-like sessions as they navigated through the mazes and figured out the code. Our hope is that such programs provide the impetus for going further and having more career options.”

For more information, contact Dave Guthro, Communications Director for the Diocese of Portland, at  321-7810, or at dave.guthro@portlanddiocese.org.

 

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