An event at Wyoming Indian High School in Ethete introduced more than 300 students to computer science this week. Representatives from Facebook and the online learning platform Code HS visited the school and led students in creative coding exercises as part of the "Hour of Code" initiative.
"We've created an experience called 'Code Music' where students are able to build their own musical beat in less than 60 minutes. And at the end we have a beats battle and then we have a winning prize," said Salleha Chaudhry of Facebook's education modernization team.
Students from Wyoming Indian High School, Wyoming Indian Middle School and St. Stephen's Indian School filtered in and out throughout the day to compete in the coding contests. The goal was to make computer programming approachable to beginners, but some students already had experience.
"I guess it gives us more opportunity. If I was not learning [computer science] in high school, I wouldn't know of it. I wouldn't be interested in it. This is giving me an option that 'Hey, I actually like this, I can probably do this in the future,'" Bethel said.
Wednesday's event was planned ahead of International Computer Science Education week, which runs from December 9 to the 13. Facilitators from Facebook and Code HS traveled from Chicago, Seattle and San Francisco to work with the students.
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