ST. CLOUD - Elementary students at Talahi Community School are participating in the Hour of Code this week.

The Hour of Code is a national event designed to give kids technology training through coding. Talahi is a STEM school which emphasizes science, technology, engineering and math and found the event to be perfect for its students.

Sam Court is the technology integrationist at Talahi and says the event matches perfectly with the school.

"As a STEM school we think this fits in with technology, engineering, mathematics, science, reading and language arts," Court says.

During the hour of code, students log onto a computer and are guided in a visual online format through puzzles and exercises.

"It's a self-paced curriculum-there's a picture based curriculum kindergarteners and 1st graders follow-basically following instructions to get an angry bird to a pig or work your way out of a maze," Court says.

Court adds that the Hour of Code teaches kids to take risks that come with computer programming.

"They have to fail over and over and then when they finally get it-you get this giant burst of excitement, and its really cool to see them take risks and be okay with failing," Court says.

Other area schools participating in the Hour of Code this week include Madison Elementary, STRIDE Academy and Kennedy Community School.


Dan DeBaun, WJON News