Code Night brings families together for technology, fun

Friday, October 27, 2017 - 11:15am

Parents, students take on computer programming puzzles together

Families filed into the Eagleview Elementary gymnasium the night of Oct. 24 ready to take part in a first of its kind event for Adams 12 Five Star Schools.

The district’s Instructional Technology and Library Services Department teamed up with Eagleview staff to host its first Family Code Night, a district-wide event designed to bring parents and children together to complete their first hour of computer programming together.

Families checked out Chromebooks when they arrived for the event and then spent the next hour working in teams to complete progressively more challenging coding puzzles while also learning helpful coding tips at the same time.  When it was finished, parents and students left with a special "Code On at Home" guide to continue coding puzzles, learning and fun at home.

The event was inspired by the Hour of Code program, which aims to broaden participation in the field of computer science and show that anyone can learn the basics of computer programming.

About 100 parents and students attended. They were supported by district Digital Literacy Teachers and Librarians who served as coaches for the event.

Other district schools are planning similar coding events with their students and families to celebrate Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 4-10).