The Nashville Technology Council hosted "Hour of Code", a partnership with schools and local technology professionals during the official Computer Science Week (December 5-11th, 2016). The goal of the program is to engage students and teachers in order to spark an interest in technology and coding, while also educating students and teachers about the variety and availability of technology careers in Middle Tennessee.
Joumana Rahime represented WiTT as one of the technology resources. Joumana thought that it was a great experience for our outreach efforts. "WiTT had taken the step this year to support the Computer Science Education Week and joined the global movement: Hour of Code. With a room full of excitement and inspiration, seventeen 8th grade girls at Two River Middle School learned how to code using HTML and CSS. As a result to their exposure to coding, the girls asked us to come back for more sessions and the sponsoring teacher also expressed an interest in learning coding so that she can provide more opportunities to her students!"
Nora Moser, Library Media Specialist at Two River Middle School, stated "We had the pleasure of hosting Joumana at Two Rivers Middle School. We had a class of seventeen 8th grade girls that lasted two hours. The girls were SO excited the entire time. All of them were on the edge of their seats creating their websites, and several have already asked me if we can do it again. These girls were exposed to a potential future that they didn't even know existed before today. Joumana also showed these girls what they can do to further their interests in the world of coding and technology. I am so glad that we decided to do this class with them. It has put such a big smile on my face seeing how excited these young girls got about coding!"
Jasmin Abraham, a participant of the class, said "It was fun and I learned a lot of cool things. I enjoyed this a lot even though I knew little things about coding. Thanks to Ms. Rahime for coming to my school and taking the time to teach us all this awesome coding information. I would love it if I could learn more codes to make better websites." Meirola Endraws said "I loved today's session!! It was amazing, I am very interested in this. Hopefully, I can experience it later in life." And finally, Hudah Nur stated "This was fun and inspiring. I also want to learn how to animate or make a game in coding."