SLC Students Join Millions World Wide in Hour of Code / by Amerika Nino-Rodriguez

The Shafter Learning Center is in its third year and provides many academic opportunities to students and families in Shafter.  

Approximately 30 Learning Center students participated in a global event called the Hour of Code. This event is sponsored by Code.org, a non-profit organization dedicated to expanding access to computer science, and increasing participation by underrepresented populations. Their vision is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science, just like biology, chemistry or algebra.  Code.org increases diversity in computer science by reaching students of all backgrounds where they are — at their skill-level, and in ways that inspire them to keep learning.

Shafter Learning Center students joined millions of students around the world in over 180 countries solving puzzles and writing lines of code.  Students worked on puzzles with themes from the current Disney movie Moana.  They helped Moana solve challenges from the tribe of Kakamora that she encounters on her voyage.  Other students were able to solve puzzles in Minecraft, Star Wars and Angry Birds.  The Keyboarding and Computer Programming Courses at the Learning Center along with Hour of Code help students learn programs and languages similar to those used in computer programming, animation and other similar fields.  

As students progressed through the lessons they were actively helping each other and celebrating all of their successes.  The Hour of Code is just one example of the fun and educational climate that exists every day at the Learning Center.  Shafter residents can be proud of the fact that this place exists as an asset that provides families with opportunities for academic enrichment and individual growth.

John Ruby

Shafter Resident & Learning Center Instructor