"Hour of Code" Teaches Computer Programming

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PANAMA CITY - Some Bay County students are participating in a nationwide program to improve computer skills. It's called the "hour of code".

1st grade students at Oakland Terrace Elementary are taking a day off from their normal computer lessons to learn about computer programming for an hour.

Schools across the nation are participating in a program called the "hour of code." The idea is to use familiar games like Angry Birds to help kids learn about computer code.

"I'm going to do it all day long. I just love it. Code is cool," said Jeffrey Sprague, a 1st grade student.

"Because I get to learn and do everything at the same time," said another 1st grade student, Alia Cough.

Teachers at Oakland Terrace say the program gives kids an out of the box opportunity.

"I think I hope that some kids start to realize that, you know, just because they're not an 'A' student, that there are things out there that they can do and be successful and be a productive member of society," said Shelia Scofield, a teacher at Oakland Terrace Elementary.

Program organizers say only a small percentage of schools in the U.S. teach computer science even though software jobs are some of the highest paying.

Teachers believe the week long program will give kids the opportunity to learn about another subject that may help them in the future.

"If we can make the kids understand that they can take this technology and learn from it, then we've made a step towards educating them and helping to educate themselves," said Scofield.

Other schools in the district will be participating in the "hour of code" later in the week.

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