Students code their own dance party

Year 4-6 students of Ormiston Primary received certificates after participating in the Hour of Code. Times photo Heath McNeil

Around 180 students are choreographing a dance party at the Hour of Code held at Ormiston Primary on Monday morning.

“It’s not just about playing video games but also creating them with a powerful message.

“Whether it is creating a game on recycling or climate change or making their own YouTube videos, students now have access and the tools to create it,” says Heath McNeal, leader of learning, Ormiston Primary at the Hour of Code.

“At one time it was only Computer Science students that did coding. But now, it is a different world as all young students have the foundational skills to code and write programmes.

“The Hour of Code makes it more fun for students to learn the basics of coding,” he says about the hour-long introduction to Computer Science organised by Amazon Web Services in New Zealand.

The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching millions of students in more than 180 countries.

Watching the young ones, from Year 4-6 (ages 8-12) learn about interactive coding concepts to choreograph a dance party featuring Katy Perry, Shawn Mendes, Lil Nas X and Jonas Brothers – it is easy to tell that the primary school is busy moulding a new generation of techno-savvy, problem-solvers.

Students were then awarded a certificate for their participation in demystifying the code.

The Hour of Code takes place each year during the Computer Science Education Week from December 7-13.

The Computer Science Education Week is held annually in recognition of the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper.