GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KREX) – This week is a worldwide celebration of coding and STEM skills known as “Hour of Code” week. School District 51 is recognizing the occasion with a number of activities, including robotics and coding games.

Appleton Elementary School is joining in the celebration of the coding movement by taking part in one hour of computer science and computer programming each day this week.

Experts say introducing students to coding will inspire kids to learn a variety of skills that will benefit them in a variety of ways. From learning how technology works, problem solving, critical thinking, team building, and even helping to break social stereotypes.

Officials say the event is part of a broader effort to give students opportunities to learn about coding and computer science as foundational skills for the workforce of the future.

The “Hour of Code” week takes place each year from December 6-12, during “Computer Science Education Week.”