Coding Experts

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In recognition of Computer Science Education Week, students at Washington Drive Primary School and Thomas J. Lahey Elementary School joined millions of students around the world to complete the “Hour of Code.”

According to, the Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics. During the "Hour of Code," students learned the foundations of computer programming through fun engaging online games and tutorials.

At Washington Drive Primary School, students in Miriam MacDonald’s second-grade class used the program, another coding website, to create sequences of code, which allowed their animated dog to perform actions. At a more advanced level, fifth-graders in the Lahey Enrichment Academic Program at Thomas J. Lahey Elementary School, under the advisement of teacher Christine Mayr, worked on and selected a “Star Wars” or “Minecraft” game to practice their coding skills. Upon completion of their work, students received certificates to document their participation in the Hour of Code initiative.

In an effort to continue to develop their understanding of coding language and sequencing, students at Washington Drive and Thomas J. Lahey will revisit the coding websites periodically throughout the school year.