Extra Credits: Hour of Code is just the start for this youth leader and her community

Youth leader Nora helping a student during Hour of Code.

Extra Credits rounds up the latest stories on innovative educational endeavors coming from other parts of Microsoft and the world.

In today’s edition of Extra Credits, the Official Microsoft Blog concludes an exciting Computer Science Education Week by sharing a conversation with 4-H youth leader Nora Medina. Nora, from Quincy High School in central Washington state, works to inspire kids from her community to learn how to code, and help adults build digital skills to close the digital divide in her community.

Nora recently visited the Microsoft Store in Bellevue, Washington – along with Seattle Seahawk Luke Willson – to coach elementary school students through their first Hour of Code. Nora and Luke used the new Minecraft tutorial for Hour of Code, called Hero’s Journey, which introduces kids to coding in a fun and engaging way. Next, she’s thinking of how to bring computer science skills to the adults in her community.

Interview excerpt:


How did you discover computer science?

I was introduced to coding and Code.org in middle school in an afterschool club. I started by playing with Minecraft and JavaScript. After that I got involved in Digital Tools, which opened up more classes at my high school, where I learned web design. I realized you can do so much with your imagination and your creativity. Nothing limits you!


Read the full story on the Official Microsoft Blog.


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