Lincoln Joins In Worldwide Hour Of Code

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Lincoln, NEB. Thursday morning hundreds of people, from elementary aged kids to adults, will get together at the Nebraska Champion's Club to join in on an Hour of Code. coordinates the worldwide event as a part of Computer Science Week. 26 local elementary schools are participating. Some of those have been working on computer coding all semester long.

James Farless has a new life goal.

"At first it was a football player, but now I'll probably be a computer technology person," James said.

That's thanks to a pilot coding program at West Lincoln Elementary and two other LPS schools. James now understands what a lot of adults couldn't.

"There's these little puzzle pieces. There's these things that will change backgrounds, change your spray, otherwise known as your character, and make your character do things to make one little video game," he said.

In an era where kids younger and younger learn to use technology- and the technology sector grows more quickly each year- learning to code in school is just another advantage.

"We're wanting our students to look towards the future, look for a future career," said Laura Ruppert, West Lincoln Elementary's Community Coordinator.

"Sixty-five percent of our new jobs are will come from entrapreneurs, start ups and small businesses," said Tamara Sloan, Director Of Innovation & Entrepreneurship at the Lincoln Partnership For Economic Development.

The people who will one day fill those jobs may be kindergartener's like James' sister. Even she's learning code.

"It's pretty much giving them a headstart learning how they can do what we're doing now," said James.

And the school looks forward to making coding a skill more kids have.

"This was a pilot, and so we've seen it be successful and I think as our school, as a team, we want this to actually be more permanent," said Sloan.

"A lot of people are getting interested. There's some people that aren't in coding that are in my class that like coding even though they don't know what they're doing," said James.

But soon, they might.

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