Computer coding lesson trains kids for future jobs

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, there will be 600,000 tech jobs created in the next 10 years.

Posted: Dec. 5, 2017 4:52 PM
Updated: Dec. 5, 2017 5:43 PM

TIPPECANOE CO., Ind. (WLFI) — According to the U.S. Department of Labor there will be 600,000 tech jobs created in the next ten years.

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On Tuesday, some classrooms in Tippecanoe County participated in an Hour of Code tutorial. Students take 60 minutes to navigate an online program which teaches them to write computer commands. The program breaks it down into simple steps increasing in difficulty at each level.

Hershey Elementary teacher Jocelyn MacLaverty said students look forward to the challenge. She said kids pick up on technology very quickly.

"They like a challenge," MacLaverty said. "We might not think that they can rise to that challenge, but if you can give them the opportunity, they can totally do it."

MacLaverty said the program works with the student's skill level.

"For those that are new to it and have no idea what they are doing, it kind of holds their hand a little bit more, so to speak. Other kids who are ready to go off on their own, there are activities for them to do as well," MacLaverty said.

More than 130,000 classrooms across the world have held Hour of Code events so far this year.

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