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NDCL Observes Hour of CodeLast week, NDCL's technology classes joined over 10 million people worldwide in Hour of Code, an hour of class time devoted…

NDCL Observes Hour of Code
Last week, NDCL’s technology classes joined over 10 million people worldwide in Hour of Code, an hour of class time devoted to exposing learners to computer programming. The event was part of the observance of Computer Science Education Week.
With the advent of technology spanning the world from mobile apps and video games to the medical and manufacturing industries, most people can use a computer but few can actually write the code to program one. By 2020, an estimated 1.2 million computer specialist jobs will need to be filled with applicants that have these skills.
Spearheaded by Vicki Eby, business/technology department chairperson, the experience included self-paced exercises and videos. While some of the exercises mirrored video games and even included characters from Angry Birds and Ghosts and Zombies, students were actually writing code as they were completing them.
“Coding is a fascinating thing. No one ever realizes how easy it actually is but anybody can do it really,” said sophomore Chandler Brandetsas. “You don’t have to be a genius to figure it out, and it seems so difficult but in reality it is very simple.”
As an added incentive to encourage girls who want to know more about programming, NDCL sponsored a Girls Who Code activity on Dec. 11 in the computer lab. The girls-only event attracted a dozen students and staff members who enjoyed coding and collaborating. The group had so much fun that plans for monthly meetings are in the works.
“The meeting was a way to begin learning coding when it can’t fit into my schedule,” observed junior Amanda O’Reilly. “It was very exciting and helped me a lot.”
Student-Led Pancake Breakfast Raises $1,200
More than 300 students and 20 faculty members enjoyed a delicious pancake breakfast and helped raise $1,200 for NDCL’s Advent service projects the morning of Dec. 9. Money raised will help ship board games to American troops serving overseas and provide teddy bears for children at Metro Catholic School.
“Our Christian leadership and service classes worked hard to organize and think through all aspects of the breakfast fundraiser,” said campus minister Beth Davis.
“We were able to exceed our goal thanks to the generosity of local businesses,” Davis continued. “We would like to send a special thank you to Aladdin Food Management for accommodating us so graciously and for donating all the paper products and juice. We also thank McDonald’s of Hudson for donating the pancakes.”

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