PHARR – As part of the National 2016 Computer Science Education Week, Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD hosted an "Hour of Code Day" on Thursday, Dec. 8.

The Hour of Code is an annual initiative organized by the nonprofit organization Code.org that reaches millions of students in more than 180 countries. It is a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science through interactive coding activities. In the United States, it is celebrated this week and schools are challenged to participate.

Since Monday, PSJA students throughout the district have been participating in various activities during their Computer Science classes using Code.org, Learning.com, Code Combat and various other coding programs.

“We are learning about computer science and how to use code to make games,” said Melissa Garcia, a 3rd grade student at Carmen Anaya Elementary. “It’s a little hard, but we’re having a lot of fun.”

According to 3rd grade teacher Hilda Gonzalez, the Hour of Code was a great learning opportunity for students to learn more about the technology they use every day.

“This is something that they really enjoyed,” said Gonzalez. “They are now more interested in learning about technology and computer science."