The 2019 Hour of Code Challenge

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The Hour of Code Challenge is a contest to see which Central Rivers AEA middle and high schools can code (program) the most minutes.  The winners are determined by the Average Minutes Coded.  The winner gets to host the traveling trophy that spent the past year at Aplington-Parkersburg Middle School.

The 2019 Challenge will run from December 9th through December 20th.  Entries will not be accepted past the end of the day on the 20th.  Good luck and get coding!

Congratulations Aplington-Parkersburg High School for winning the 2019 Hour of Code Challenge!

 Hour of Code Challenge Hall of Fame

Mason City Alternative School – 2015
BCLUW Middle School – 2016
South Hardin Middle School – 2017
Aplington-Parkersburg Middle School – 2018


2019 Hour of Code Challenge Leaderboard

Place District/School Average Minutes Coded Total Minutes Coded
1 Aplington-Parkersburg HS 281.7 3380
2 Miller MS  Marshalltown 251.8 12336
3 Union High School 250 10500
4 Waverly-Shell Rock High School 227.3 2500
5 CVCS/Blessed Maria 193 28562
6 CVCS/Columbus 174.3 5925
7 Aplington-Parkersburg MS 146.7 23,914
8 Union MS 129.6 12924
9 South Hardin HS 72.3 289
10 Waverly-Shell Rock MS 70.2 4003

Learning to code is quickly becoming the ideal of digital literacy. Students have been able to “read” code for years but once they learn to code, they are learning the computer equivalent of “writing” and can create and communicate their ideas with others.

When students learn coding, they use their problem-solving, sequencing, critical-thinking, math, logic, creativity, and structured language skills.  The addition of robotics to the coding curriculum provides students with the opportunities to bring their codiing skills from the screen to the physical world.  The earlier we can start students practicing these skills, the sharper those skills will be as they move through school.

The Coding Resources page provides more information on adding coding to the curriculum.  You will find links to more information as well as various tools to use with students of all ages.