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Sunnyside Schools participate in Hour of Code

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Students At An Arizona SciTech Festival Event In March 2012. Photo Courtesy Arizona SciTechFestival

All Sunnyside District schools are getting ready to experience their Hour of Code during Computer Science Education Week, December 7 through 11.

Computers are everywhere, but fewer schools teach computer science than 10 years ago. Girls and minorities are severely underrepresented. Good news is, we’re on our way to change this.

Sunnyside Schools participate in Hour of Code HourOfCodeHP

Students at an Arizona SciTech Festival event in March 2012. Photo courtesy Arizona SciTechFestival

“The Hour of Code is designed to demystify code and show that computer science is not rocket-science, anybody can learn the basics,” says Hadi Partovi, founder and CEO of

While all of us know that it’s important for students to learn how to navigate today’s tech-saturated world, many teachers aren’t as experienced in computer science and don’t know where to start to teach coding.

This event is a chance for all of us to see what computer science is about. We hope it’ll spark interest in students to keep learning.

Research also shows that kids pick up programming concepts before they know how to read and write. In fact, their brains are more receptive to computer languages at a young age, just like foreign languages.

Students at these schools are joining in on the largest learning event in history: The Hour of Code, and media is invited to come into their classroom to see them code!

Sunnyside Schools participate in Hour of Code ObamaFlyerHourOfCodeSierra 2-8 School: Every morning from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
Summit View Elementary School: Wednesday 12/9 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Gallego Intermediate School: Friday 12/11 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30a.m.

Even President Barack Obama wrote his first line of code as part of the campaign.

For more information, please contact Mary Veres, director of public information at 256-9300 or