“Don’t just play, program it” – Barack Obama

We live in a world surrounded by technology. An individual’s ability to succeed shall depend on his/her comfort with technology in the times to come. Regardless of what career the students chose, the ability to design and understand the software will be invaluable. Hence, students and staff at MRIS, LDH, joined the largest learning event in the history of technology-The Hour of Code. With the help of programming, all the participants coded at various levels and created a computer game themselves. They also received the certificate of successful completion by the organization.

Launched in 2013, Code.org is a non-profit organization dedicated to expanding access to Computer Science and increasing participation by women as well as students. Their vision is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn Computer Science and its applications.

Today’s generation of students is ready to learn critical skills for 21st century success. That inescapable fact is leading individuals to seek out new ways of learning to code. Hour of Code is a one-hour activity. Students of Grades I to VII selected from a variety of self-guided tutorials.With the Hour of Code, Computer Science has been on homepages of Google, MSN, Yahoo! and Disney. It is a global movement with more than 100 million learners in 180 countries.Students were curious to learn about programming and how important is it in our daily life. They had hands on experience of what they had always heard about how to create the games that they play. The students could very well link it with the Robotics Programing. The Vice Principal of the School, Ms. Shilpi Gill encouraged the students to have and utilize their ideas to bring about the next big innovation. She explained that for the last several centuries, people relied on the written word to spread ideas. The ability to write was the ability to create change. Today, writing is not enough. To change behavior, it is crucial to leverage the digital medium.The teachers at MRIS Ludhiana, who are already very well verseed in technology, also showed keen interest in learning how to Code on computers and utilize it in Gaming.

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