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Thursday December 6, 2018 at 1:23pm Age: 314 days
Category: High School, District


Minisink Valley High School students are among the tens of millions participating in National Computer Science Week, Dec. 3-9.   

Over two dozen classes signed-up for this year’s Hour of Code event in the school library, hosted by Library Media Specialist, Dolores Lombardo. Before exploring the coding programs available through, students are introduced to computer science with a presentation by Mrs. Lombardo and a short video featuring some of the most iconic innovators in computer science and information technology.

“Every field involves computer science in some way,” Mrs. Lombardo said. ”The number of jobs in computer science is rising much faster than the number of students going into the field. That means there will be jobs that go unfilled.”

Tuesday’s coding sessions involved two earth science classes with teachers Vincent Napolitano and Bryan Freeman.

“Coding and programing are very relevant today and will be more so in the future,” Mr. Napolitano said. “This is an opportunity to get more kids involved and expose them to something that may become very useful to them.”  

Gariela Castillo, a sophomore in Mr. Napolitano’s class, likes the idea of building computers. “It’s exciting to make a computer do what you want it to do, to feel in control of something so powerful, and to realize that everything is just made up of lines of code,” she said. Gabriela dreams of serving in the military, working in the field of communications technology. “This might come in handy,” she added.

Also in Mr. Napolitano’s class, sophomore Jerry Allen has grown increasingly interested in coding, influenced by his siblings’ experience at RIT and the University of Buffalo. “I have two brothers studying computer science in college and they love it,” Jerry said. “One of my brothers made his own game.” 

Mr. Freeman’s decision to sign-up his students for the Hour of Code delivered more than a good time.

“I thought this would be something fun for them to try and it might pique their interest,” Mr. Freeman said. In fact, following their Hour of Code experience, two of Mr. Freeman’s students decided to register for computer science courses available through the Virtual High School (VHS) program. (Learn more about the VHS experience. Interested students should see Mrs. Lombardo.)

Others were satisfied with the day’s success. “I got a certificate!” said freshman Enellorn Rodriguez, pointing to the digital certificate of completion that popped on his screen after he successfully completed his first Hour of Code. “It wasn’t that hard.”

Anyone can join the Hour of Code. Experience is not necessary and the one-hour tutorials are offered in 45 different languages. So go ahead and try some coding with your kids at home this week!