Third Annual Hour of Code at Philip’s Academy!

Philip’s Academy students and teachers will join over 100 million students worldwide to participate in the third annual Hour of Code event from December 7 - 11, 2015.  The Hour of Code is an initiative to introduce students across the globe to the importance of learning to code while having fun.

School Wide Unplugged Event: Getting Loopy!

During our Community Time Assembly, students will be learn how the programming concept of “loops” (repeated instructions) can be used to choreograph a dance.  Throughout the week, students will apply these concepts in the classroom and learn a dance called “The Iteration”.  At the end of the week, each class, from Kindergarten through Eighth Grade, will submit a video performing “The Iteration”.  A mash-up of these videos will be created and premiered at our next Community Time Assembly.  We can’t wait to see the whole school “getting loopy”! 

Getting Loopy - Introductory Video
Getting Loopy - Lesson Plan
Getting Loopy - Instructional Video for Teachers

Plugged Activities by Grade Level
Throughout the week, students will engage in plugged activities during Computer Science and Library/Media classes.

Grades K - 2

Students in Grades K-2 will complete the “Hour of Code Challenge” on KODABLE.COM.  Kodable is specifically designed to make coding fun for younger students.  Students use drag and drop commands to program their fuzzy character to get through a maze. By doing this, they learn problem solving, computational thinking, sequence, conditions, loops, functions and debugging. These are skill necessary for learning any programming language.


Kodable Resources

Grade 3

Third graders will engage in Hour od Code activities on TYNKER.COM.  These activities are designed to teach students computational thinking and the basics of computer programming.


Tynker - Hour of Code Activities


Grade 4

Fourth graders will use CODE.ORG to learn the basic concepts of Computer Science such as repeat-loops, conditionals, and basic algorithms through game-like, self-directed tutorials such as Star Wars:  Building a Galaxy with Code. They will also view video lectures featuring Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Angry Birds and Plants vs. Zombies.


Star Wars - Building a Galaxy with Code

Grade 5

Fifth graders will turn their passion for Minecraft into an opportunity to learn more about coding!  On CODE.ORG, students will use blockly, a coding system, to create a program that includes commands, repeat loops, and “if” statements. 

Minecraft- Hour of Code

Grades 6-8

Thanks to the great resources available on KAHNACADEMY.ORG Upper School students will learn how to create computer generated drawings using Java Script, a high-level, dynamic programming language.

KAHN ACADEMY - Hour of Code

Career Focus Activity:  Grades 6-8

Students in grades 6-8 will meet with volunteers from Cisco, a worldwide leader in IT, to discuss technology careers.  Cisco‘s mission is to shape the future of the Internet by creating unprecedented value and opportunity for our customers, employees, investors, and ecosystem partners.


Learn More About Cisco

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