Hour of Code Aims to Spark STEM Interest

Posted: Updated:

Students from throughout the state are participating in events this week designed to "demystify" the world of computer programming. The Hour of Code is connected to 2016 Computer Science Education Week, a grassroots movement that kicks off nationally Monday. The Indianapolis-based TechPoint Foundation For Youth has deployed more than 60 volunteers who are working with over 500 students at Harshman Middle School in the city.

Program Director Maggie Cline says activities surrounding Hour of Code help show students that gaining computer science skills can be "fun to do and achievable."

She says the foundation's focus on the Hour of Code continue to grow. "This is our third year doing Hour of Code, so we started out doing Hour of Code at one IPS school. This year, we're doing three different IPS schools, thanks to partnering with our corporate partners who are able to supply volunteers for us." She says the point of the program is to expose students to the world of computer science at an early age, something not all industry professionals had the opportunity to experience.

In all this week, the foundation says it plans Hour of Code events involving over 1,000 students with help from more than 100 volunteers.

Salesforce employee Lindsay Siovaila was one of the tech industry volunteers at Harshman and said the Hour of Code helps give students a look at what goes into the programs and apps they use everyday. "I really believe strongly that learning how to code is just as important as learning math and science and any other skills that people have learned in skills over the years," she said. Siovaila believes coding can help students bring their ideas to life.

The organization and its Hour of Code Volunteers will also be at Sidener Academy for High Ability Learners on Wednesday.

  • Perspectives

    • Overseas Outsourcing Can Create a World of Problems

      The internet broke down geographic barriers for businesses, making it possible to find lower-cost suppliers around the world. But if companies lack the knowledge and skills to manage those suppliers properly, they may end up spending far more than expected. We’ve worked with companies all over the globe to help our clients meet their advertising and marketing objectives while protecting their budgets. While most of those working relationships have been positive, we’ve had...


  • Most Popular Stories

    • Money magazine judges Fishers as 3rd best place to live in the U.S.

      Fishers Makes Top 10 List of 'Best Places to Live'

      Three communities in Indiana made the top 100 list of best places to live in the country, but only one made the top 10. Fishers was judged by Money magazine as the third best place to live in the United States, behind Clarksville, Tennessee and Round Rock, Texas.

    • 120WaterAudit Lands $7M in Funding

      Zionsville-based 120WaterAudit LLC has closed on a $7 million Series A round of funding. The company says it plans to use the funding to enhance its digital water cloud platform and expand sales and marketing efforts. The funding round was led by Indianapolis-based HG Ventures, with participation from Allos Ventures in Indy and California-based Greenhouse Capital Partners. 120WaterAudit's platform includes software and testing kits to help government agencies, public...

    • ‘Potential’ Fueling Downtown Makeover in Fort Wayne

      As Fort Wayne prepares to christen its latest big downtown project, Mayor Tom Henry says there are no signs of transformational development slowing down in the state’s second largest city. The Landing, a $34 million downtown redevelopment project, is expected to officially open soon, one of an estimated 14 projects that Henry says can help Fort Wayne become a destination city. Since the opening of Parkview Field more than a decade ago, Henry says momentum has...

    • Photo courtesy of Bristol Parks

      Startup Plans to Add 250 Jobs By 2021

      A metal forming startup is seeking to use a facility in Bristol that has been empty since 2017 for a major manufacturing operation. The Elkhart Truth reports Brinco will invest $52 million in the project and add 250 jobs.

    • New study reveals best place in Indiana for young families

      And the Best Place for Young Families Goes To...

      What do you look for in a community when deciding where to start a family and raise your children? There can be several factors to weigh in making a sound decision. Housing affordability. Unemployment rates. Quality of education. Mortage website Lendingtree.com has released the results of a study pointing to the best places for young families in Indiana.