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Bluejacket-Flint earns $10,000 grant through Hour of Code

December 8, 2015

Bluejacket-Flint Elementary School has won big for participating in an Hour of Code this week, a global movement designed to demystify the concept of coding for students in all grade levels.

During an all-school assembly Monday, Principal Kevin Frick revealed a secret he said he had been having a hard time keeping of late. Each year, one participating public school in each state as well as the District of Columbia wins a $10,000 technology grant through the organization. And this year, Bluejacket-Flint is one of those winners.

David Hellen with the Overland Park-based management consultant services company Accenture was on hand Monday to present the check to Frick and Bluejacket-Flint instructional coach Michelle Brown, who was responsible for organizing the school’s Hour of Code participation.

Accenture is a sponsor of the grants that will be distributed to schools across the country this week.

Frick said the funds would be used for a MakerSpace.

“We’re going to design a room specifically for you guys to build and create, design, engineer a lot of fun things,” Frick told the audience of students.

Frick said the school would be gathering ideas and feedback for what would be in the MakerSpace from the students themselves and that it would allow those students to express themselves in music, art and technology, among other areas.

“I’m really excited for the possibilities,” he said.

During the Hour of Code event, which is going on across the globe this week, students will be given one hour’s worth of beginning coding instruction. The instruction can be taught in one fell swoop or spread out in smaller increments throughout the week, the latter of which Bluejacket-Flint plans to do, said Frick, referring to the next four school days as Code Week.

According to https://hourofcode.com/us, students at Bluejacket-Flint are among millions of other students in more than 180 countries participating in the movement this week.

“I just want to say to you guys that you are awesome,” Brown said to the students at the assembly.

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