Metro School is Taking Advantage of 'Computer Science Education Week'

Metro School is Taking Advantage of 'Computer Science Education Week'

In addition, fewer than 6,000 K-12 students are enrolled in a computer science course. As a result, calls for state governors and legislators to find ways to introduce more students to computer science at a young age have increased - particularly from the tech industry. Computer science can help nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity.

Almost every student in the district spent 60 minutes practicing how to give a computer instructions on what to do during the Hour of Code.

Also, you know, playing with droids is just fun.

Younger students will also be participating in Computer Science Education Week. This year's Computer Science Education Week started today and runs through December 10. "In the arts curriculum, what you can do with coding through music and visual arts is stunning". Since 2013, it is estimated that over 100 millions students, from 180 different countries, have enrolled on Hour of Code tutorials.

Students have the option of a Minecraft, Star Wars, or Angry Birds coding program. Through Code Brooklyn, the borough's schools have been expanding computer science education by training teachers, building curriculum and infrastructure and getting support from parents.

At P.S. 241 in Brooklyn, for example, Snoopy teamed up with codeSpark Academy to debut Snoopy Snow Brawl, a learn-to-code game.

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She says she has seen the benefits of coding across the education spectrum.

"If only 1 percent of the girls actively learning on Code.org continued past high school, they'd outnumber the gender gap in university CS", Partovi said. Teachers and students throughout the state are gearing up for the Hour of Code for Every Student, a nationwide campaign to inspire student interest in computer coding and technology.

Brooklyn schools will play a big part in the Hack League, thanks to Borough President Eric Adams' Code Brooklyn initiative, launched in 2015.

As this generation of learners grows up more tech savvy, and more aware of technology's potential, it's hoped they will be able to apply their skills to successfully overcome the challenges of climate change, overpopulation, rapid urbanisation, mass migration, health epidemics and economic instability - challenges which will only be overcome with technology and human ingenuity.

As Mary Snapp, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Philanthropies, wrote on the Official Microsoft Blog last month, "Learning to think critically through coding is the single most important step students can take to prepare themselves to fully participate in, and benefit from, the digital economy".

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