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Hour of Code… In Spanish!

Hour of Code… In Spanish!

On Friday, December 18, World Language faculty member Mr. Jeremy Hay '90 will be helping his students move a digital robot by coding commands in Spanish.

This unique activity is part of the annual Hour of Code – a national technology program that aims to demystify coding for students of all skill levels grades K-12.

During Hour of Code, CCHS students will code in multiple languages, such as Spanish and French, simultaneously with thousands of other students worldwide, using digital education to bring the study of multilingual coding into the spotlight. 

This year, the Hour of Code is following National Computer Science Education Week (December 7-13).

“I think it's a fun way to do a cross curricular activity that will hopefully make both learning languages and computing more fun. Students will be using commands in Spanish to tell a robot what to do, and they will have to figure out what the commands mean, and use them to have the robot complete tasks,” said Mr. Hay, a Harvard University graduate who has been teaching Spanish and French at CCHS for 23 years. 

In addition to technology education, Mr. Hay enjoys introducing students to a variety of world cultures, through his academic courses and as moderator of the Passport Club.

“I enjoy having the opportunity to broaden their horizons.”

In additional to the Passport Club, Mr. Hay also moderates Quiz Bowl and co-moderates the National Honor Society.

Before teaching at Central, he embraced the unique experience of spending two years teaching English in Cali, Colombia.

Technology and Innovation at Central Catholic

Technology education at CCHS is embedded throughout the curriculum and beyond.

In addition to voluntarily participating in the Hour of Code, all Central Catholic students are required to take Problem Solving with Programming, a blended class of online and in-person classroom interactions that focuses on beginner programming.

Students can then move on to more advanced coding and programming opportunities including:

  • Video Game Design
  • Advanced Placement Computer Science (Section A and B),
  • Modeling in 3D
  • Web Design (online)
  • Computational Science Engineering Using Java (online)

Students can also pursue their passion for innovation through clubs and other activities, including:

  • Coding Club
  • DECA Club
  • Drone Club
  • Gaming Club
  • International Youth Neuroscience Association (IYNA)
  • Math Team
  • Programming Competitions
Two students playing a video game

Thank you to Mr. Hay and to the entire CCHS Faculty, Staff, and Administration for their commitment to providing meaningful and engaging opportunities for our students to innovate, explore technology, pursue their passions, and broaden their interests!

Central Catholic High School
A College Preparatory High School of Excellence in the Marist Tradition

Founded by the Marist Brothers in the heart of Lawrence, Massachusetts in 1935, Central Catholic High School enrolls 1,200 students from over 60 cities and towns and several countries. Students come from diverse backgrounds to form a caring community of faith, learning, and service. They advance to college in overwhelming numbers (nearly 100%) and move on to successful careers and positions of leadership in government, business, industry, academia, and professions.

Central Catholic High School is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

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