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Gazette TUESDAY, DECEMBER 16 - THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2014 31 i our of Code teaches computer skills with hands-on fun elissa Steele By mid-morning at Shields, the Teacher John Sell said his stu- issasteele@capegazette.com Frozen drill was nearly impos- dents were thrilled when they sible to log onto because so many Nine-year-old Megan Smithstudents throughout the world had no problem helping "Frozen" were trying to play it, Baldwin characters Elsa and Anna create said. Thankfully, she said, stu- ctricate designs as they skated dents could access other coding ross the ice. options through Lightbots and |"I can relate because I saw the Tynker. ovie," Megan said. "But it may Playing Tynker, 9-year,old be the hardest one I've done." On Dec. 8, Megan, her class- mates and more than a million students worldwide participated in the Hour of Code. Created by computer-industry giants Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and others, the Hour of Code gives students an opportunity to learn computer programming through fun and games. This year's big draw was based on "Frozen," featuring the stars of the Disney movie. The activity requires stu- dents to write code that guides Elsa and Anna through a series of twirls and turns to create snow- flake or star-inspired patterns on the ice. "It's about finding the pattern and telling the computer what it is and how many times it needs to be done," said Cheryl Baldwin, computer lab manager at Shields Elementary. The code for Frozen required an understanding of the angles needed to make the patterns, so that activity was aimed at fourth- and fifth-graders, Baldwin said. Younger students could try their hands at Angry Birds and Zombies and Flowers - pro- grams that debuted during last year's Hour of Code. Those ac- tivities have linear paths that the characters follow to reach their destinations. Anna Nauman moved a bear-like creature along a path so he could eat candy. "I like that you're making up your own way of moving," she said, as she typed in code to make the creature move forward or jump over obstacles. Lily Manlove, 9, had finished the Frozen activity a few days earlier. She said she enjoyed cre- ating the ice designs. "I got all the angles on mine," she said. "I like to ice skate but I usually fall." James Webster, 10, had an iPad to entered the classroom and real- ized they would be coding on their iPads. "The kids love it," he said. James Webster, 10, said he wouldn't be doing the Frozen ac- tivity. He was only interested in an Adventure program in which he created a character who could cross through a desert-type area with bombs. "Look, I can add this voice, and he can wear this," he said to a classmate nearby. Hour of Code was launched in 2013 to introduce students to computer coding. The code. org website estimates there will be a shortage of computer pro- grammers in the future, and the program is trying to increase participation by women and un- derrepresented students of color. work on during the Hour of Code. SHIELDS ELEMENTARY project Dec. 8 during the Passons and Anna Lopez. MELISSA STEELE PHOTOS THIRD-GRADER Dylan Baker works on a coding Hour of Code. Next to Dylan are classmates Nate First-grade teacher Robin Wray helps Darcy Crotty and Julia Edmonds learn aboht coding. SUSSEX DSU ALUMNI HOST DINNER DANCE SUBMITTED PHOTOS THE DELAWARE STATE UNIVERSITY Sussex County Alumni Chapter held its 5th annual Holiday Dinner Dance and Scholarship Fundraiser Dec. 6 at the Millsboro Civic Center. The event featured an awards ceremony for six community stalwarts and rec- ognition of three 2014 scholarship recipients. Each year the association awards $1,000 scholarships to students from Sussex County registered and accepted at DSU. Community honorees were Sen. George Bunting, the Rev. Annie J. Custis, William "Bill" Collick, Bernice Edwards, Ronald "Beau" Gooch and Harvey W. Hyland Jr. Shown (I-r) are 2014 scholarship awardee Jalesa ~lohnson, DSU President Dr. Harry L. WilliamsrRachelle Pumell and 2011 scholarship awardee Joshua Hackney. Shown in back (I-r) are Sen. George Bunting, Beau Gooch, Harvey W. Hyland Jr., Bill Collick and DSUAA President Robert G. Draine Sr. In front are the Rev. Annie J. Custis and Bernice Edwards. -(