Nowadays, computer technology is breaking the limits of human beings every day, bringing countless innovations. Getting more teenagers to learn programming techniques will bring more wonderful surprises to our world.
With this in mind, on December 8th, the "Hour of Code" event was held in Shanghai Sanda University campus, sponsored by Microsoft China Public Welfare group. Three Microsoft MVPs Wang Yujie, Hu Hao and Zhu XingLiang hosted two programming sessions with the theme of "Minecraft: Voyage Aquatic", targeting students from Nanhu vocational school and GaoHang primary school.
Liu Zaiying and Zhang Lixiao, computer teachers of Shanghai Sanda University provided on scene guidances. Student volunteers Zhang Wen, Tang Hao, and Qiu Suhang participated in the preparation and organization of activities. 50 students learnt the basic knowledges of computer and the experienced programming in a pleasant atmosphere, felt the infinite charm of computer technologies. Finally, all the students successfully completed the task and got Microsoft issued certificates.
"Minecraft: Voyage Aquatic" is a Web-based programming game, by dragging and dropping the color block representing the code, students can understand the process of how computer programs are executed. This game also provides teachers with a convenient teaching platform that can help students to get started in the programming environment quickly.
In the course of teaching, Wang Yujie, Hu Hao and Zhu Xingliang guided the students how to solve problems by observing and finding patterns, so that they can have a deeper exploration of the mystery of programming, understanding the principle of computer.
In the game, students also shown the spirit of unity and cooperation, to achieve a common goal.
The curiosity for knowledge of the students also made the staff feel the great potential of young people that will move humanity forward in the future society.
For the event, Liu Zaiying, teacher at Shanghai Sanda University, said:
"In a connected world, AI, maching learning and big data has already entered our lives, this is opportunities and also challenges. Every industries are in the digital transformation process, none can exist without computer technologies. This indicates the importance for young students to learn programming, which can exercise their ability to analyzing problems, breaking down problems, design steps, and solving problems."
"Hour of Code" events are held annually, and Microsoft will continue to use it's technologies to empower every person and every organizations on the planet to achieve more.
Microsoft MVP Wang Yujie Thinks:
"One of these kids may someday change the world, by solving global warming or cure diseases, or even more advanced achievements. We can't tell who he or she is for now, but we need to make sure he or she got the technology and the problem solving skills they need, which programming is the best way to learn how to think and how to solve problems. As a Microsoft MVP, I feel very honored to spend a meaningful afternoon with kids."
Special thanks to Shanghai Sanda University, Nanhu vocational school, GaoHang primary school and other units for the strong support for this event, looking forward to achieve more together in the future.
About "Hour of Code"
Code.org® is a nonprofit dedicated to expanding access to computer science in schools and increasing participation by women and underrepresented minorities. Our vision is that every student in every school has the opportunity to learn computer science, just like biology, chemistry or algebra. Code.org provides the leading curriculum for K-12 computer science in the largest school districts in the United States and Code.org also organizes the annual Hour of Code campaign which has engaged 10% of all students in the world. Code.org is supported by generous donors including Amazon, Facebook, Google, the Infosys Foundation, Microsoft, and many more.