CHESTER COUNTY

Students learning computer coding

WEST CHESTER This week, several Chester County schools joined others around the world in the "Hour of Code" initiative, meant to introduce students to computer programming.

Code.org and Computing in the Core are sponsoring the program during Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 9-13), which aims to highlight the importance of the subject in schools. More than 4.8 million students across 168 countries were expected to try coding during the week through self-guided, one-hour online tutorials, according to the week's organizers.

Students at E.N. Peirce Middle School and J.R. Fugett Middle School in West Chester, Downingtown Middle School, and Pickering Valley Elementary School in Upper Uwchlan are among those who were scheduled to do the tutorials, tailored to a range of ages.

"The hour of code," Ian Kerr, the West Chester school district's math and computer science supervisor, said on the district's website, "is not about teaching to the mastery of computer programming, but piquing the interest of more students to explore coding, as it's not as difficult as many people believe and it opens doors for creativity." - Michaelle Bond