Misti Clark, curriculum manager at iCode, teaches area students about computer science during first annual iCode Hour of Code event

Students from across Collin County were able to “use the force” at iCode’s first annual Hour of Code event on Friday, December 11 during Computer Science Education Week. iCode hosted Star War’s themed coding activities at its state-of-the-art facility in Frisco that included introductions to Python, JavaScript and gaming. Activities incorporated the beloved characters Obi-wan Kenobi, Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker to get students engaged and excited about the upcoming movie premier.
Hour of Code, a global grassroots campaign, aims to get students to try a coding activity for one hour during the week of December 7-13.  Groups like iCode hope participation will help demystify code and show that anyone can learn the basics of computer science, a growing industry with fewer than 2.4 percent of college graduate degrees.
About iCode
iCode is an after school and weekend program that offers holistic STEAM education to students in 1st through 12th grade, equipping them with skills to think critically, solve problems logically and imagine endless possibilities. With its state-of-the-art facility, iCode students have the ability to use the latest technology to design and develop their best ideas into viable solutions under the mentorship and guidance of quality teachers and professors. Once a month, iCode offers a monthly speaker series hosted by leading executives and entrepreneurs from technology companies around the world paired with an evening of fun games and activities. Similar to tae-kwon-doe, students advance through a five-color belt system, ranging from beginner (white belt) to advanced III (black belt).  For more information about iCode, visit icodeinc.com.