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Families Learn Coding Fundamentals First-Hand

In recognition of Computer Science Education Week — December 3 through 9 — Santa Clara Unified hosted three Family Night Hour of Code events to give our families the opportunity to interact online on a whole new level. The events were held at Cabrillo Middle School, George Mayne Elementary, and Don Callejon K-8 School. Each event drew around 90-100 individuals ranging in age from toddlers to senior citizens.

Attendees watched a short video introducing a new activity called “Dance Party,” where participants used blocks of code to program a dance party including music from popular artists. SCUSD’s Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) in computer science, Karen Hardy, designed and facilitated the events with the help of EdTech TOSA Michelle Brown. Student and teacher volunteers from most of our middle and high schools, and professionals from the high tech industry, helped everyone be successful. Computers and Chromebooks were provided for all who wished to participate along with delicious treats. is a nonprofit organization with an international reach that has sponsored the online activity “Hour of Code” since 2013. This activity is updated and rolled out annually during Computer Science Education Week. The great news is that Hour of Code is not limited to one week a year. There are many Hour of Code activities available at any time to anyone with internet access so check it out for yourself — —  and get coding.