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Dessau ES wins maker space starter kit

Dessau Elementary staff thought the holiday gift-giving season was over, but on Jan. 5 the Pflugerville ISD technology department surprised them with a Maker Space starter kit in recognition for their outstanding amount of participation in the district’s “Hour of Code” event held during the first week of December.

According to its website, “Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code, to show that anybody can learn the basics.”

Campuses that had 85 percent of its teachers and students participate in the Hour of Code event were registered in two drawings to receive either a campus-level prize or a district-level prize.

Dessau Elementary School was selected as the district winner.

“It’s hard for us to get as much participation as other schools, so we are not usually in consideration for prizes,” fifth grade science/social studies teacher and campus digital literacy lead Mikaela Andres said. “The fact that my students and teachers were able to all come together and make this happen is phenomenal.”

The PfISD Technology department set a goal to have 10,000 students participate in the Hour of Code event. PfISD campuses surpassed that goal by more than 8,000 students.

Andres believes the level of participation in the event is due to its effectiveness in peaking kids interest through a gaming format.

“It’s easy for them to understand the connection of how computers can help us in the real world when we show them through a game because all kids love playing games,” Andres said.

With the Maker Space starter kit, the students will have the opportunity to continue exploring coding on a deeper level through “Makey Makey kits,” “Little Bits Kits” and “Dash and Dot.” Each of these tools helps students problem-solve and learn engineering, technology and robotics skills.

When asked how she felt about her campus receiving the Maker Space starter kit, Andres responded she was “super stoked.”

“We now have this awesome maker space we can set up in our library for kids who are really interested in robotics and coding,” Andres said. “For students to be able to come in and have different ways of coding is awesome.”

To learn more about the global Hour of Code movement, visit www.hourofcode.com.



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