Students in Warren learn about computer science during Hour of Code

Allan Goodman
December 5, 2017

More than 450 middle school girls from metro schools will take part in what's called "Hour of Code".

"Computer science education provides foundational learning in computational thinking that enables students to develop and apply critical thinking skills, demonstrate imagination and creativity, practice collaboration, exhibit leadership, and employ problem-solving skills", the proclamation reads.

The week, which was organized by Code.org, kicked off with a livestreamed discussion with prominent female tech leaders such as Melinda Gates, Peggy Johnson, Sheryl Sandberg and Susan Wojcicki. Meanwhile, eight states, 76 school districts and 102 organizations nationwide made pledges to expand access to computer science education to millions of students. Students are also able to explore the site's App Lab, which guides middle and high school students as they create their own apps and learn about JavaScript.

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Fifth grade student Ajhawer Guy said he likes how complicated computer science can be. Students who are interested in coding can continue their education, as Harrisonburg High School offers two classes on it, as do some of the governors' schools in the area, including AP Computer Science. This year's Computer Science Education Week started today and runs through December 10.

The announcement came as part of a Computer Science Education Week kickoff event in San Mateo. Some of these pledges include a onetime $15 million investment from Florida Governor Rick Scott, a $500,000 fund in Arkansas for computer science teachers, and a £100 million budget in the United Kingdom for training computer science teachers in 2018. "Our mission is for everyone on the planet to achieve more, so when we see a disconnect like the one I just mentioned, it creates a sense of urgency to create more equity of opportunity for all students".

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