A handful of well known names participated with local youth for Computer Science Education week, December 7-13, and engaged in coding activities alongside students.
The week is celebrated nationwide annually to promote career awareness to computer science and coding.
“We hosted a series of six different events and we had six mystery celebrity guests that joined us for our mystery celebrity ‘Hour of Code’,” said Tami McBride, career connected learning specialist. “Usually, we host a bunch of schools, youth and teachers…to host an Hour of Code.”
Mystery guests included Congresswoman Kim Schrier, former Seattle Seahawks Cornerback, Marcus Trufant, offensive tackle for the Buffalo Bills, Trey Adams and two-time Grammy Award winner, Michael Wansley. Local movers and shakers, East Wenatchee Mayor, Jerrilea Crawford, and NCWLife host, Lisa Bradshaw, joined the fun as well.
Partners involved in hosting the event, virtual this year, included NCESD, GWATA, Code.org, the Wenatchee Valley Museum, North Central Washington Libraries, Pinnacles Prep and Wenatchee School District’s Tina Niccpan-Brown.
All virtual events were open to the public, and designed for students to participate remotely, as a class, or at home with family. The series of events was well received with 662 registered participants from across 12 different cities in North Central Washington. Of these, 332 participants noted that they were first timers to the Hour of Code!
Computer science education week is an annual event dedicated to inspiring K-12 students to take interest in computer science. Hour of Code is a global movement Hour of Code is an opportunity for every student to try computer science for one hour.