Wright Elementary School third-graders last week coded electronic games similar to those they might play at home such as Angry Birds and Minecraft.
More than 2,500 Dublin students in grades K-12 were part of the effort to have 10 million students across the nation learn computer code for at least one hour last week as part of the Hour of Code initiative organized by nonprofit Code.org.
According to its website, Code.org is working to expand computer science education in schools and increase the participation of women and minorities.
For Kimberly Clavin, the Dublin City School District's manager of STEM initiatives, being part of the Hour of Code initiative was a no brainer.
Getting students educated in computer science and code can prepare them for future careers, Clavin said.
"It's taking student interests and global needs and merging them into opportunities," she said.
"Thus the adoption of promotion of Hour of Code."
Participating in the Hour of Code was voluntary, but students at 13 of Dublin's 18 schools participated and Clavin aided St. Brigid of Kildare Catholic School to get students there involved as well.
At Wright, all third-graders participated in Hour of Code, running through an exercise for elementary students.
"I wanted the kids to be a part of something really big," Jodi Bisher said, as she helped students figure out code that led a character through a maze.
"This is new for me," Bisher said.
"It was exciting talking to kids ahead of time. They were teaching me."
In fact, a few of Bisher's students already knew code before last week's lesson.
Third-grader Anthony Carpenter learned through a popular game.
"I've done it before with Minecraft," he said.
"It's actually coding which I didn't know before today."
Bodhi Bouttamy has been taking online computer coding classes for a few years.
"My dad got me an account and asked me to do it," he said. "I like it."
Whereas elementary students participated in Hour of Code with games, older students got a more real world look at computer science.
"In the elementary years it looks more like code teaching and what it is," Clavin said.
"In middle and high school it's career exploration."
Students were also pointed to computer science courses they could take at school if Hour of Code interested them.
Computer science professionals from companies such as Math Plus, Honda, Nationwide, IGS, Microsoft and Chase volunteered in classrooms and one Ohio State University staff member let students use Google Glasses.
Some students were bused to the Tech Center to participate in Hour of Code.
Jerome and Scioto high schools offered an after school forum.
"We'll lead them to Code.org and have them pick tutorials and help them," Clavin said.
And it's never too early to interest students in STEM subjects, Clavin said.
"If we can hook them right now, this is the future," Bisher said.
Carpenter enjoyed last week's Hour of Code, but isn't sure if that's where he's headed in the future.
"I really want to be a professional sports player but this is good too," he said.