#Smiles: ‘Hour of Code’ event at Wyoming Indian High School

A series to share #smiles across our community through the achievements of our local youth, brought to you by Rendezvous Dental.

Representatives from Facebook and CodeHS joined high school and middle school students at Wyoming Indian High School (WIHS) today, December 4th, to run ‘Hour of Code’ activities as part of Computer Science Education Week. In a simplified programming environment, students programmed musical beats during their hour of coding with Facebook and CodeHS.

“The goal for today is saying, hey, this is what coding is and how it works,” CodeHS CEO and co-founder Jeremy Keeshin shared. Planting the seed and exposing students to the doors computer science can open in a fun, creative environment is a priority in the workshops. 

CodeHS is a platform helping schools teach computer science and coding. “We started in 2012, and since then, we’ve supported 1.5 million students,” Jeremy said. Workshops like this with students are not typical for their small 30 person team. Their primary focus is developing software and building curriculum for teachers.  

Spearheading today’s event was WIHS Computer Science teacher Sam Hartpence. He wanted to do an event like this and invite people to the school for a coding workshop. WIHS uses the CodeHS platform in their computer science classes, and it worked out that Facebook and CodeHS were looking to connect with a rural school, Sam shared. 

One of the Facebook representatives helping with the event graduated from Lander Valley High School. Marshall Mann-Wood is now a Facebook Software Engineer based out of Seattle, Washington. “The reason I’m here today is to help demystify coding,” Marshall said. Scaling down the big idea of being a software engineer to something obtainable for students. 

Click on the photo below to view the slide show from the event. 

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