Last week, several Central Catholic World Language courses participated in the 2018 Hour of Code Worldwide Challenge – an activity that demystifies the act of coding for students of all skill levels grades K-12.
During this challenge, CCHS students were coding in multiple languages, such as Spanish and French, simultaneously with thousands of other students worldwide and capitalizing on an opportunity to enhance their learning, using digital education to bring the study of multilingual coding into the spotlight.
Over 200,000 educators worldwide participate in Hour of Code, one being CCHS World Languages faculty member Mrs. Monika (Thornhill) Pimentel '10 who teaches Spanish. Mrs. Pimentel’s Spanish III class completed coding and programming activities such as animation, musical development and even graphics with Java Script in the Spanish language.
“I think it's important to promote Hour of Code because it's an opportunity to provide high school students the chance to try out a form of coding on their own,” said Mrs. Pimentel. “I also think that as a Spanish teacher, I need to bridge the gap between Spanish and other worlds that these students will be coming in contact with in the future. Having them practice coding in Spanish reinforces two languages at the same time and in a way, helps them work towards being multilingual. ”
Haley Merrill '20, a junior at CCHS and a student in Spanish III, found coding in Spanish to be slightly challenging, but also very enjoyable. “Coding in general is a very cool experience and doing it in Spanish made me realize how much I am actually capable of doing. Participating in the Hour of Code in Spanish was a good example of how you can apply the language that you’re learning to everyday activities - it is an important skill to have at this time in the world.”
In addition to voluntarily participating in the Hour of Code, all Central Catholic students are required to take Problem Solving with Programming, a class that focuses on beginner programming. Students can then move on to more advanced coding and programming opportunities including courses in Video Game Design, Advanced Placement Computer Science (Section A and B), Modeling in 3D, or online courses in Web Design, and Computational Science Engineering Using Java.
Photo Above, Caption: Pictured here, Junior Haley Merrill ’20 (front right) codes in Spanish with her fellow classmates during Spanish III. The Hour of Code activity – which brings coding into the spotlight - took place during National Computer Science Education Week.
Thank you to the World Language Department - particularly Mrs. Pimentel '10 and Mr. Hay '90 - for participating in Hour of Code. Also, thank you to our students for always being willing and excited to embrace new concepts!