Code with Disney’s Moana!

24 Nov

Are you coming to see Disney’s newest film Moana with our School Council on Saturday, December 10th at Imagine Cinemas Promenade?  Tickets are still available through School Cash Online.  Now here is something else Moana-related to do at home!

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While computer programming–coding–is not yet a prominent part of the Provincial curriculum, December 5th to 9th is designated Computer Science Education Week, and many students at our school (and from all over the world) will be participating in The Hour of Code. While coding may seem intimidating, at first, the Hour of Code is intended for even the earliest beginner –no experience is needed whatsoever!

Code.org and Disney revealed a new Hour of Code tutorial featuring characters from the upcoming Disney animated film Moana. Especially exciting is that Code.org shares how educators have helped the Hour of Code reach 50 million girls, a milestone for female participation in the computer sciences. And with a strong female lead character, it’s certain that Moana: Wayfinding with Code can reach even more aspiring coders.

Code.org explains, “the story of the Moana: Wayfinding with Code tutorial centres around Moana and Maui as they sail through unknown territory across the ocean. As students follow Moana and Maui’s travels, they learn basic coding commands that help steer the boat. Along the way, students are introduced to conditionals, sequences and loops while they master the art of navigation. When Moana and Maui are suddenly attacked by the Kakamora –coconut-clad warriors—they must use their coding skills to dodge their pirate projectiles and penetrate their defenses.”

“The Moana: Wayfinding with Code tutorial is available in more than 180 countries and 23 languages, including Samoan Polynesian. Thank you to Disney for helping us give children all over the world the opportunity to learn the basics of coding.”

This may be a wonderful opportunity to open a new door into inquiry with your children at home, too!  And it certainly can’t hurt to get them excited about the upcoming movie event.  Happy coding!