This week, almost 200, 000 groups from around the world will log on to their computers to complete introductory coding activities as part of the "Hour of Code" initiative.
Many Conway elementary students are coding in their GT classes.
The coding activities for elementary kids include fun activities such as animating their names or working with popular video game or movie characters.
"The students LOVE IT, because they “think” they are playing but they are really learning to write computer code," says Starla Gresham, Gifted and Talented Teacher at Jim Stone Elementary School.
Kindergarten students used techniques such as click, drop, and drag to create gingerbread houses. Third and Fourth grade students created code to manipulate the character "BB8" from the new Star Wars movie.
"The kids had so much fun that they asked for the address to the star wars activity to recreate it at home," says Jennifer Epps, Library/Media Specialist at Julia Lee Moore Elementary School.
Certificates are awarded through the code.org site to students who complete the activity.
Teachers say they were impressed with how the kids were quick to help and congratulate one another as they progressed through the levels. The students say they would like to do more of these activities.
The movement is a part of Computer Science Education Week, and this is the 3rd Annual "Hour of Code" event.