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Hour Of Code 2015

So this past week, I signed up as a technical volunteer for the Hour of Code. Here’s how my experience went. 💻️

So this week, I signed up as a technical volunteer for the Hour of Code.


Code.org is sponsoring a whole week (December 7th to 13th) of CS education through their Hour of Code event.

Quite a few schools reached out to me, but, of course, I couldn’t volunteer with some of them due to constraints in my class schedule or because they were just too far away.

I, along with an ODU student, decided to go ahead and even attend a Professional Development Workshop for the Hour of Code so we could be better prepared to assist the kids. The session was held at CAML Academy in North Carolina and was roughly 3.5 hours away.Thankfully, it was a Saturday.

Professional Development Workshop

So in the end, I decided to volunteer throughout the week for 4 different schools: Bethel High School, Sedgefield Elementary School, John B. Dey Elementary School, and Tallwood Elementary School. 

I created two different presentations, one for high schoolers and one for elementary schoolers.


Hour of Code Presentations

High School Version

At Bethel High School, I presented and helped out with 3 classes that were all taught by Mrs. Ai Choo Ashe. I gave a roughly 30-minute presentation to each class using the slides below. The classes were related to digital media/game development/animation so the students were learning how to use software like GameMaker & Adobe Photoshop. I gave away all my free swag I got from Code.org to Mrs. Ashe because she deserved it. I kept the water bottle and a sticker, though. They were too useful to pass up.

Elementary School Version

At Sedgefield Elementary School, I gave a presentation to a class of 3rd graders on why it’s important to learn how to code. The teachers in charge were so nice and supportive of the kids. I found it funny how much more the 3rd graders participated than the high schoolers, but hey.


Bethel High School #HourOfCode

Here I’m helping a high schooler out.

John B. Dey Elementary School #HourOfCode

Drag & Drop Blocks on Code.org

Tallwood Elementary School #HourOfCode

Shy but resilient!

Sedgefield Elementary School #HourOfCode

Hour of Code – Sedgefield

If you’d like access to the Keynote files to show to your class, please contact me and I will happily send them to you.


High School

Regular Version

Elementary School

Volunteering Alone Version

Volunteering with Group Version

By Frances Coronel

Frances Coronel is a software engineer specializing in UI development on the Customer Acquisition Team at Slack where her mission is to make your working life simpler, more pleasant, and more productive.

She has been working professionally as a developer since 2015 and holds a Bachelors in Computer Science from Hampton University and a Masters in Computer Science from Cornell Tech.

Outside of Slack, Frances is an Executive Director of Techqueria, a 501c3 nonprofit that serves the largest community of Latinx in Tech in the US.

She also supports Code Nation as a member of their Bay Area Leadership Council and the Latino Community Foundation as a member of their Latinos in Tech Giving Circle.