Computer Science, Gaming Collide With 'Hour of Code'

Posted: Updated:

Elementary school students in the Metropolitan School District of Decatur Township in Indianapolis are getting an early lesson in coding through the international Hour of Code program. The initiative is designed to give people an introduction to computer science and coding, and Lynn Hodgkin, elementary media coordinator for the district, says it takes a game-centered approach to teaching coding to kids.

The students are participating in the Hour of Code at the district's new Innovation and Design Hub, which opened in October. In an interview with Inside INdiana Business, Director Brian Bulmer agreed with Hodgkin that the Hour of Code program allows kids to learn coding without even realizing they're leaning. 

"Lynn and I worked together to get them in our Innovation and Design Hub, which in our district was really developed to appear as a present-day work space for students," said Bulmer. "So to bring our elementary kinds into an environment that doesn't look like school, there's flexible seating that allows them to move around and collaborate with others, really using the pure coding model, showing off some of the things they've created and even how they can make or personalize it to do whatever they ask it to do, I think has been an exceptional learning experience for them." 

Bulmer says he hopes the experience will engage students in computer science and coding beyond the walls of the hub or the district's schools. He says the teachers who have brought their students in for the Hour of Code have talked about continuing the coding efforts in their classrooms as "free time" activities because students have responded so positively.

Computer science is also growing as part of the district's curriculum. Bulmer says there are already computer science classes available at the high school level with a cybersecurity class coming in the future. A computer science class at the middle school level will be introduced in the next academic year.

Bulmer adds the Hour of Code event is one of a few that are helping to get the Innovation and Design Hub off the ground. He says plans are in place for more activities to get more students in the space in the future. Last month, Bulmer appeared on Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick to talk about the facility, which you can watch by clicking here.

Bulmer says the program allows kids to learn coding without even realizing they're learning.
Hodgkin says the program takes a game-centered approach to coding.
  • Perspectives

    • Unmasking Accounting Data: Moving from Reporting to Being Strategic

      What story do our financial statements tell us this month and year, to date? This was the question that was always directed at us by a former manager.  He believed that financial statements tell the story of how a business is run and the direction it’s going. Most businesses publish their profit and loss statements, and balance sheets every month. These are the standard reports included in most reporting packages. Usually, the management tends to believe...


Company Name:
Confirm Email:
INside Edge
Morning Briefing
BigWigs & New Gigs
Life Sciences Indiana
Indiana Connections


  • Most Popular Stories

    • Apartment Building Development Coming to Rushville

      A Knightstown company has announced plans to build four new apartment buildings in a $5.25 million development in Rushville. Villa Buildings will be built by KDC Investments, Inc on West 16th Street in Rushville.

    • The Mystery of Cancer in Firefighters: Two Indiana Researchers Uncover Clues

      There’s a lot of conjecture about cancer in the world of firefighting, but a crescendo of anecdotal—and scientific—evidence is driving two Indiana researchers to search for answers. 

    • BraunAbility Moving Global HQ to Carmel

      A manufacturer of wheelchair vehicles and wheelchair lifts in Pulaski County has announced plans to relocate its global headquarters to Carmel. BraunAbility says it will invest $7.5 million to move its HQ to the Lakeside Green Business Center and construct a new Research & Development and Technology Center. The Indiana Economic Development Corp. says the move will create up to 70 jobs in Hamilton County. The company says the investment will also boost its existing...

    • New Standard Deduction: Do you still Itemize?

      After years of itemizing deductions, many taxpayers will be taking the new larger standard deduction on their 2018 tax return. This may be a welcome change for some.  But for others, it may be time to rethink the strategy for expenses that were deductible.  The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) that passed in December 2017 increased the standard deduction effective for tax years beginning in 2018.  By increasing the standard deduction, a taxpayer’s taxable income is...

    • Indy Eleven Rallies For State Stadium Support

      Indy Eleven leadership, players and fans Thursday rallied at the Statehouse for support of a measure creating a public-private partnership to help fund a $150 million soccer stadium. Lawmakers are considering a measure that would allow the team to work with city leaders for two years on development plans for the venue, which would be funded by developer-backed bonds. In an interview with Inside INdiana Business Reporter Mary-Rachel Redman, team owner Ersal Ozdemir said the...