A batch of Payson students recently demonstrated a grasp of technology during the district’s lineup of “Hour of Code” events on every campus.
Last week, the school board recognized those efforts, the latest example of the district’s effort to integrate technology and computers into every element of learning.
Technology Director Victoria Andrews noted, “Technology is everywhere, changing every industry on the planet. But fewer than half of all schools teach computer science and only a fraction of those schools expose more than 25 percent of their population to coding.
Last month, during Computer Science Education Week, PUSD joined students around the world to change those statistics by participating in the Hour of Code. The Hour of Code is a one-hour time commitment where students play games with popular characters they know from Minecraft, Angry Birds and Star Wars to learn the basics of coding and develop their problem solving and critical thinking skills.”
Some 2,000 Payson students participated in the event, led by a threefold increase in the number of teachers integrating the lessons into their classrooms.
“We would not have had this success without the support of our student volunteers to move the classes through the lessons and activities. These champions made a point to learn all of the various lessons, host the classes and support the students as they worked through the activities. They worked with individual students,” said Andrews.
The board recognized the following students and staff members for their contributions:
Payson Center for Success: Evelyn Bell, Austin Bindgen, Emma Clark, Irvin Hernandez, Hope Hopson, Matthew Kester, Joe Kesterson, Brandie Morris, Destiny Nelson, Lara Pelto, Camn Boal, Daniel Fialkosky, Nikki Huffman, Jhordyn Marchesseault, Tyler McVey, Faith Morris, Damion Olsen, Katie Robertson, Tyler Shreeve, Tatumn Sanderson, Dean Snell, Dillon Snell and Emilia Sturdivant.
Payson High School: Jack Windel, Justin Keegan, Josh Bacon, Jason Rherras, Ethan Helding, Tristan Heape, Jacob Fitzhugh and Corey McClurkan.
Gila Community College:, David Morris and Matthew McCarty.
Staff members: Linda Gibson, Keri Parker and Justin Keegan.