It started out as a query when Patrick Heneghan, Program Supervisor for Family Housing, was walking by the Microsoft Store at U. Village. “I was passing by there one day and asked if they did programs,” said Patrick. “They connected me with their Community Manager. She reached out to me about doing an intro to coding for 6 to 13 year olds.” Family Housing Community Assistant (CA) Farah Nadeem, organized the event with Microsoft’s Community Manager Olivia Hernandez.
The students learned introduction to coding as part of the annual Hour of Code event. The Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify "code," and to show that anybody can learn the basics. This could lead to a broadening of participation in the field of computer science. It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science.—from Hour of Code website, https://hourofcode.com/us. The grassroots campaign is supported by more than 400 partners and 200,000 educators worldwide.
Because of the Family Housing students’ interest, the one-hour event turned into a two-hour introduction. According to Farah, it was one of the quietest events Family Housing has ever put on, as every kid was focused on the presentation!