YEREVAN (Public Radio of Armenia)—Through the initiative of Ayb School and MIC Armenia (Microsoft Innovation Center Armenia) and with the partnership of VivaCell-MTS, Menu.am, Ayb High School hosted the Hour of Code event on December 20.
The Hour of Code is an international global movement reaching more than 100 million participants from around 45,000 schools of over 180 countries. The Hour of Code gives participants an opportunity to learn various programming languages and approaches easily through games and helps nurture problem-solving skills, logic, and creativity. All those who are interested in new technologies, games, and programming can participate. There is no age limit, and it is not required to have any knowledge of programing languages. Fluency in the English language is required.
This year, the Hour of Code is going to take place for the second time in Armenia. Last year, the event united more than 150 participants from different schools of Armenia. The interest towards this initiative is rising. More than 200 participants took part in the Hour of Code 2015.
“Nowadays, programming is available to everyone. The main aim of the Hour of Code is to develop programming thinking regardless of career. The Hour of Code 2014 showed that such initiatives bring together and inspire many children. Ayb School encourages such innovation formats. We believe that the implementation of such projects is a large investment in the education and development of future generations,” said Aram Pakhchanian, the head of Ayb School.
“Today, technologies are used in every aspect of life—from phones to cars, medicine to daily life. That is why in schools of many countries programming is a school subject. Microsoft Innovation Center attaches great importance to this initiative, which aims to show schoolchildren from early ages how technologies that they use are created,” said MIC director Artashes Vardanyan.
Besides the main part of the event, other activities such as a robotics show and the creation of new samples out of broken phones also took place during the Hour of Code. The official hashtag is #HourofCodeEVN.