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Richland School Participates in Worldwide Hour of Code Program

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Students at Delta High school are taking part in the Hour of Code as a part of Computer Science Education Week. Students at Delta High school are taking part in the Hour of Code as a part of Computer Science Education Week.

RICHLAND, WA - Students at Delta High school are taking part in the Hour of Code as a part of Computer Science Education Week.

It's a widespread campaign geared to make computer code education accessible to students.

The campaign has been a massive success. It's winning over students and opening doors for more young people to focus on STEM education.

Millions of students are taking part in the program promoted by famous computer scientists, celebrities and even the president.

The campaign works to make computer science accessible and exciting.

"It has demystified the computer science stereotype that a lot of them have. So they've gotten to see, oh I really can do this. I can solve the problem. I can do that," said Emily Blankingship, Delta High School computer science teacher.

The activity offers a variety of hour-long tutorials including games and fun ways to learn the basics.

"I enjoy programming because I get to make things and it's kind of just this feeling of I did it, it works and it runs and I can make it do what I want," said Inez Allen, student.

Computer science students say the movement is attracting new students to the subject and helping them learn how these skills can be applied.

"They can take these skills that they learn and apply them to other classes or to other parts of their life. I think that young people can really enjoy this and find that they're good at it if they just put forth the effort to try," said Hunter Stratton, computer programming club president.

The program is meeting it's goal by sparking enthusiasm for writing code and engaging a future generation to embrace learning about the growing field of computer science.

"I love being able to be a part of something big like Hour of Code," Allen said.

Statistics show that 90% of U.S. schools, K through 12th, do not teach computer science. This campaign hopes it will change those numbers dramatically.

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