Cracking the Code: NOAA Fisheries scientists introduce students to the power of coding

December 7, 2015 – In the United States 90% of schools don’t teach computer science, yet it is an increasingly important skill in today’s tech-savvy society. As part of the nationwide Hour of Code™ initiative, scientists from NOAA Fisheries and the group Latinos@NOAA held an Hour of Code event at Shepherd Elementary school in Washington, D.C. to get students excited about computer programming (also referred to as coding).

NOAA Fisheries is one of many workplaces where coding is a valuable skill. The Agency’s scientists who study fish populations and marine ecosystems require coding skills to help process and provide information that NOAA depends on to sustainably manage our nation’s marine species.

Not only is coding an increasingly important skill in our society and for NOAA Fisheries, but as the students at Shepherd soon found, it can be fun too! NOAA scientists led students through hands-on coding activities while explaining the importance of these skills to any aspiring young marine biologists. At the end of the hour, all 24 students received a Certificate of Completion for participating in Hour of Code.

The 'Hour of Code™' is a nationwide initiative by Computer Science Education Week and Code.org to introduce millions of students to one hour of computer science and computer programming.