Hour of Code event draws hundreds

Lincoln Public Schools capitalized on their recent honor of being named best district in the nation for computer science curriculum by co-hosting the Hour of Code event.

Almost one thousand people were at UNL's Innovation Campus for a day of coding, learning and hands on technology creating.

"It's an exciting year for us because LPS was just named best district for computer science in the country," said Rachel Placzek of Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development "it's a fun way to celebrate and to get everyone participating in coding"

The Hour of Code event is part of Computer Science Education week and promotes making computer coding accessible to everyone.

"To make sure that everyone feels like they can envision themselves in a computer science field," said Placzek "the younger you start, the more you experience you get and the better chance you have of feeling like coding is something you could get into if you'd like"

The event had many different interactive areas for attendees, like a practice coding room, interactive play area and a technology fair.

"Just seeing everyone come together," said Placzek "we know that computer science is an important industry and that there is lots of ways to be involved but seeing a thousand people all together bringing it to life is really special"