Students Build Programming Skills During Hour of Code

Student works with teacher during Hour of Code.
Shawnee Mission School District

Working in teams, students at Bluejacket-Flint Elementary School recently programmed robots to play a familiar song.

They are among millions of teachers and students around the world who are taking part in an Hour of Code this December. During Hour of Code, individuals are encouraged to dedicate some time to learn the basics of and practice computer science skills. Click here to see a video.

Coding activities and events took place in multiple schools across the Shawnee Mission School District.

At Bluejacket-Flint, students met in vertical teams, including students of all age levels, to work on a computer science challenge. Together, students used coding skills to make a robot play the song “Jingle Bells.”

The activity gave students an opportunity to develop a skill set and explore what could become a possible career, Michelle Brown, instructional coach said.

“Coding is one of those things that challenges their mind to do creative problem solving,” Brown said.  “It makes them think and some students really take off with it.”

Students regularly meet in vertical teams at Bluejacket-Flint. These groups give older and younger students a chance to learn from one another

“It helps build more community in the school,” Brown said. “When the students pass each other in the hall they have more faces they know.”


Student works with teacher during Hour of Code.
Students work in teams during Hour of Code.
Students program a robot during the Hour of Code.
A student programs a robot during Hour of Code.