Tuesday I was in my second 6th grade class of the week for Hour of Code. I am fortunate that my workplace provides employees 40 hours per year paid time off to volunteer in the community. I submitted my name a few weeks ago on the code.org website as a willing volunteer to participate in a local classroom as a part of the worldwide Hour of Code event. I agree with the mission of code.org, which is to give every student the opportunity to learn computer science. Regardless of whether or not a student will choose a career in software development, I believe that basic knowledge about how a computer works and programming experience is worth having.
Being in a classroom is much different than the way I usually spend my afternoons. As a people and project manager at a technology company, I’m typically not on my feet all day or required to hold the attention of 15+ adolescents for 45 minutes with inspiration and information that is intended to fuel their journey to a bright future!