Hour of Code

I, Annise D.Parker, Mayor of the City of Houston, hereby proclaim December 7-13, 2015, COMPUTER SCIENCE EDUCATION WEEK.
BLS at Houston ClubAlan Ratliff, Mayor Annise Parker, Myself and Scott Brogan, Brilliant Lectures Founder.
See proclamation text on the TACSE CS Ed Week post.

Start here:  code.org/learn
Code.org online puzzles: Create snowflakes and play Mindcraft or Star Wars Games Hour of Code 2015

Action:  Spring Branch ISD – May the Force (and Coding) be With You!

Technology Director Karen Justl entered the Edgewood Elementary School library with a rolling R2-D2 robot emblazoned with the message “Please Follow Me to Learn.”  Joining her was Karen North with the American Association of University Women (AAUW), West Harris Count branch, which aims to build a volunteer “Coding Buddies” unit to help more girls and all students consider pursuing coding careers and education.



AAUW WISE CODE BUDDY training Spring Branch Memorial Library

AAUW Hour of Code Event – before Expanding Your Horizons Planning. We cut out snowflakes then coded Elsa to draw snowflakes.  You can cut snowflakes virtually at snowflakes.barkleyus.com. When I taught at Piney Point this turned into a 2nd grade GT project when it snowed during class-time, so I changed lesson plans and we walked in the snow to get inspiration for art.
 AAUWSnowflakes  AAUWSnowflakesRoseMary

Spring Branch Middle School – My grandson Gage is here. Librarian Brandee Smith planned the evening HoC event with participants including her principal and community members. She sponsors a Mindcraft club and is teaching a coding class in addition to her library work. A special hour of code was held for Special Education students who used Bee-Bots to plan a sequence of steps discovering an opposite pattern while finding letters on an alphabet mat. One student gave directions with his communication keyboard.
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SBISD Hunters Creek Elementary School – See my grandson Kade with the proclamation. I have been designated as the official Code Buddy volunteer for HCE. Librarian Frances Moore planned an Hour of Code every day so all students experienced coding.
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SBISD Memorial High School – I went here and my 50th HS reunion is this year. Another 1966 graduate is learning to code from a CS student. Hour of Code Event Coordinator Librarian Renae van Zeelst has created a maker space. We would like to have lunch time conversations with former MHS students like Michael Dell. See SBISD Volunteer link to sign up.
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SBISD Edgewood Elementary School – The librarian Teresa Dolan dressed as Princess Leia attended my Code.org workshop along with SBISD Tech coordinator Karen Justl dressed as a Storm Trooper. Teresa had numerous robots (some brought with her own money) to code including the Ozobot, Dot and Dash, and Bee-bots . Even teachers get excited with success in coding the Bee-Bot: BeeBotEdgewoodTeacher
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SBISD Meadow Wood ES – The librarian Karen Lewis has turned her library into a maker space activity center; she managed 3 classes at one time when I was there, Amazing!  Assisting her is Code Buddy Martha Martinez.

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HISD Piney Point ES – I taught here 2010-2014 and hosted CS Ed Week Events before Hadi and Hour of Code. One was attended by Ioannis Kakadiaris University Houston Bioinformatic Dept. who arranged tour this year for SBISD see real-world face recognition software research. Last year and this year on one day all ancillary teachers host an hour of code coordinated by tech teacher and AAUW Code Buddy Amanda Jost and Kimberly Boyce.  Pictured is a parent and hopefully future code buddy, and PE teachers.


HISD Pin Oak MS – The premiere school because it is with Pamela Ossorio that for decades we have been presenting on the importance of computer science motivated with programming with graphics. And finally coding is becoming important in the class day.  And with AAUW we continue to build the computing mindset for girls.  Her class was multi-learning from improving grade with missing work, coding hour of code activities, building a scratch game that can turn bubbles into fighting pollution, and motivating a 6th graders who built and coded an NXT Robot to solve a rubric cube.

Pamela   ScratchDots PinOakGirls 

Keep Houston Beautiful – And finally my love, gardening and building a beautiful Houston through teaching and reaching learners.  KHB Director Robin Blut discovered the fun of coding Frozen who her granddaughter loves.  Please contact Robin if you would like to join the Education Committee to help scale U-Roc, recycling, gardening, and other educational projects.


Go here: Your future
OK – that was pretty cool. I spent an hour coding (I didn’t think I had) designing my snowflake; and have already sent the link to my siblings, nieces, nephews, my son and his wife. The work that I do as a FINANCIAL PROFESSIONAL is the “same” that I did as an engineer.– Vincent M. Weir, Senior Vice President – Investment Officer, Wells Fargo Advisors

Need publicity – still looking for a Houston Chronicle article.

  1. Spring Branch ISD – where I went to school and now my grandchildren.
  2. Austin Student Startup Crawl
  3. Hawaii with Code.org affliate Shane – my brother lives in Captain Cook Hawaii said, So, instead of doing my bank reconciliation, I did the Minecraft Hour of Code. Mucho fun! Once started, it’s hard to stop.
  4. Hawaii Department of Education
  5. Dallas with my affiliate friend Kim
  6. Los Altos California – a #CSK8 Twitter Teacher

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