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    A two-day Hour of Code event at Hillcrest High this week was a big hit with students — and not just because of the free pizza. If the popularity of teacher Ed Mondragon’s regular computer programming class is any indication, it’s the binary code that’s drawing them in, and it’s just in time.

    “Folks, it’s not outrageously hard,” Mondragon told about 20 students who came to participate in the after-school event. “It takes some thinking and it takes some dedication, but learning how to learn is tremendously valuable.”

    Programmers from Microsoft — including a former Husky — and graduate students in computer programming came to mentor the students and give advice on how to prepare for a career in computer science. It’s important to start early by taking computer classes and practicing programming outside of school in order to stay competitive, they said.

    To the uninitiated, learning computer programming may be daunting, but it is a skill that is of increasing importance, Mondragon says, and may someday be a matter of literacy. He refers to a quote hanging on his wall by Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg — “In 15 years we’ll be teaching programming just like reading and writing and wondering why we didn’t do it sooner,” it says — as he explains his motivation for starting Hillcrest High School’s first computer programming class this year.

    That’s the same idea behind the Hour of Code, a national initiative to encourage every student to try computer science for one hour during Computer Science Education Week, Dec. 9-15, 2013. Anyone can try out writing a computer program by visiting csedweek.org and following the tutorial. So far, more than 13 million people have visited the site.

    Other events throughout the District took place in honor of the Hour of Code. Hillcrest High School’s robotics team provided a demonstration of their award-winning robot at an event organized by the Wasatch Institute of Technology at Adobe on Tuesday, Dec. 10.  Dozens of local businesses and organizations, such as Harmons and the Red Cross, attended to show students career possibilities in the field of computer science.

    BrightonAlta and Jordan High also hosted Hour of Code events early in the morning, during the day and after school. For female students interested in learning computer programming, Canyons Technical Education Center offers intensive sessions in the Girls Who Code course every summer.

    Canyons District is building an army of "code talkers."

    Canyons schools are participating this week, which is Computer Science Education Week, in the “Hour of Code,” a nationwide effort to increase the awareness of and interest in computer science.

    The goal of Hour of Code activites, says Janet Goble, CSD’s Director of Career and Technical Education, “is to introduce students to the world of programming in hopes of encouraging” more participation in computer science courses.

    Goble says students will be programming via tablet apps and introduced to other types of computer programming. They also will learn options available to them in the fields of computer science and programming.

    One of the highlights of the week is Hillcrest High's invited participation in an event at Adobe System Inc.'s Lehi campus. The school's robotics team, which last year won the opportunity to compete in the world FIRST Robotics contest in St. Louis, was asked to have a booth and give a formal presentation on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013. Learning events also will be held this week at Alta, Brighton, Hillcrest and Jordan high schools.

    Computer science is one of the highest paying career areas with more than a million jobs currently not being filled in the United States. In addition, fewer than 10 percent of schools offer computer science as an option for students.

    Sunday, 08 December 2013 17:17

    Project House

    Canyons District's Project House helps students build a strong foundation for the future. Students involved in the project, which requires students in construction-related classes to build a house from the ground up over the course of a school year, are busy at work on this year's project.

    Last year's project, which was sold for $366,000, featured hardwood and tile floors, granite countertops, crown molding, a gas fireplace, custom cabinets, air conditioning, ceiling fans, a covered porch with a sound system, landscaping, and energy-efficient appliances. It can be seen at 571 E. Rose Bowl Court in Sandy.
    Looking for an inexpensive solution to holiday decorating?

    Try the holiday poinsettias now on sale at the Canyons Technical Education Center, 825 W. 9085 South.

    The sale lasts until all poinsettias are taken home for the holidays.

    Don’t delay —there is a limited amount of plants, which come in colors with, well, colorful names. Buyers can choose among “Prestige Red,” Freedom Red,” and "Polar Cap White.” Call 801-826-6600 to pre-order the $7 plants.


    Natalie Hancock's class isn't your mama's Family and Consumer Sciences class. The Jordan High teacher infuses her curriculum with education technology, math and science — even social media platforms — to help kids make connections between her classes and the real world. For her "flipped classroom" efforts, Hancock was named the Teacher of the Year by the Utah Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.

    Hancock was surprised with the statewide recognition at the association's fall conference opening session Nov. 1, 2013 at the Brigham Young University Salt Lake Center in downtown Salt Lake City. She was selected following a peer nomination process. UAFCS is a statewide professional organization for K-12 family and consumer science teachers and educators at Utah State University extensions.

    "It's a very big honor for me just to be recognized among my peers," said Hancock, who is in her sixth year of teaching. "It makes me strive to work even harder to make my classroom and teaching even better for students, so they have a desire to come to school, gain more knowledge and further their education to be college- and career-ready."

    Hancock was honored for implementing the flipped-classroom concept at Jordan High, UAFCS Board President Suzanne Dent said. Hancock's students receive instruction at home on the computer, and use their knowledge the next day for robust classroom discussion. 

    "She uses the latest technology and really challenges her students in the class. She is very 'connected' with the students and has great success as a FACS Teacher," Dent said.

    Hancock started her teaching career six years ago at Eastmont Middle School. While there, she received the 2011 New CTE Teacher Award from the Utah Association of Teachers of Family & Consumer Sciences, a division of the Utah Association of Career & Technical Education. The UATFCS noted Hancock's knack for sparking students' imagination, infusing math and science principles into her curriculum, and continually boosting enrollment in her classes. Hancock teaches family and consumer sciences, foods, and adult roles and financial literacy at Jordan High. She is a member of the UAFCS Board.

    "Family and consumer sciences is an area not always taught at home necessarily, and when a student comes to school and makes all those connections with the core curriculum, and when I see the kids light up and realize education can be meaningful to them," Hancock said, "that's the reason I went into teaching."

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