600 students participate in computer coding movement

600 students participate in computer coding movement
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - In 2015, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson was behind a law requiring coding to be taught in every high school across the state.

Region 8 schools, younger than high school, are following suit with the Hour of Code movement.

Computers and tablets are laid across the desk of every student Friday morning at the Jonesboro Math and Science Magnet School.

Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin stopped by to visit the first through sixth graders taking part in Hour of Code.

Coding is a branch of computer science education that teaches students to write commands for different purposes to be relayed on the computer screen.

For example, Minecraft is a popular game that uses areas of coding to play.

Coding is an area of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education instructors say is underrepresented by minorities and women.

Anny Victoriano, Math and Science sixth grader, wants to be an engineer and hopes to change that statistic.

"I feel like women don't get the appreciation, and they feel like we are all just makeup and stuff, and I want to change that," Victoriano said.

Six hundred students took part in Hour of Code and even taught Mayor Perrin a few things.

Math and Science has a coding club that meets twice a week.

The Hour of Code movement hopes to show that today's generation is ready to learn and contribute critical skills to the world.

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