Computer science skills are taking the spotlight across Broward County Public Schools (BCPS), as the District counts down to the Hour of Code. The annual event is part of a global movement that raises awareness about the importance of expanding computer science in schools and inspiring students to complete at least one hour of computer coding during Computer Science Education Week, December 3 – 9, 2018.
Superintendent Robert W. Runcie kicks off Hour of Code activities on Monday, December 3, 2018, with students at Stirling Elementary School, 5500 Stirling Road, Hollywood, FL 33021, from 8 – 9:30 a.m. Media are invited to cover this event.
BCPS is proud to be a national leader and model for computer science in schools, with courses, curriculum and activities at every school. As part of the Hour of Code, students Districtwide participate in both “plugged” activities, which are done on computers, and “unplugged” activities, which use a variety of noncomputer-based resources to help teach students about computer science.
This year’s Hour of Code theme focuses on sparking students’ creativity and promoting inclusion with computer science for all. BCPS received a $10,000 Computer Science Education Week grant from Infosys Foundation to expand computer science education for students in Exceptional Student Education (ESE) programs. The funds will provide professional development for ESE teachers and be used to purchase specialized robotics equipment to meet specific student needs.
For more details on Hour of Code activities at specific schools, contact Dr. Lisa Milenkovic, Applied Learning Department, 754-321-2623, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The community can follow the District’s Hour of Code activities via social media on Twitter @browardschools and on Facebook at facebook.com/browardschools. Share photos using #BrowardCodes.
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