Computer Programming Events Sweep across MA

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Press Release
Wednesday, December 11, 2013

 

Computer Programming Events Sweep across MA

 

Over 80,000 Students in Close to 200 Schools Participating in ‘Hour of Code”; Events Help Demystify Coding, Prepare Students with 21st Century Skills

 

Boston, MA - In celebration of Computer Science Education Week, over 100 international partners have come together to promote “Hour of Code”, activities which will provide students with a brief introduction to computer science.  The activities are designed to "demystify coding" and show students that anyone can learn the basics of computer programming and become a creator of technology, not just a user.

 

Code.org identifies close to 200 schools and organizations in Massachusetts that are taking part in Hour of Code activities, reaching over 80,000 students during the coming week.  The Massachusetts Computing Attainment Network (MassCAN), the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA), the Mass Technology Leadership Council Ed Foundation (MassTLC EF), and numerous partners across Massachusetts have been out in full force encouraging educational institutions to participate, including the many schools and education centers listed below.

 

“It’s terrific to see the enthusiasm and excitement coming out of our local school districts for Hour of Code activities,” remarked Jim Stanton, Executive Director of MassCAN.  “There continues to be a groundswell of interest in computer science education across Massachusetts, and we are excited to work with our partners to bring computing education to every district in the state.”

 

Throughout Computer Science Education (CS Ed) Week, which takes place from December 8 – 14, Code.org predicts that Hour of Code events will take place in over 160 countries and 25,000 classrooms, with over 4 million students participating across the globe.

 

"The international spread of the Hour of Code shows that interest in computer science knows no boundaries," said Hadi Partovi, founder of Code.org. "In the 21st Century, CS isn't just a course you study to get a job in software - it’s important to learn even if you want to be a nurse, a journalist, an accountant, a lawyer or even a president."

 

Even President Obama got on board kicking off the week telling students, “Don't just play on your phone - program it". You can view President Obama’s remarks here:  http://bit.ly/1f2RCGn

 

The Museum of Science is also celebrating CS Ed Week with a variety of events at the museum throughout the week and upcoming weekend.  From creating your own robot and building your own computer program, to taking part in basic coding tutorials, the Museum is a great place to explore computer science.

 

To learn more about Hour of Code and Computer Science Education Week, please visit www.code.org/learn, where you can find several easy to implement lessons.  You can also find a locally developed lesson plan on the Mass TLC Education Foundation’s website, www.masstlcef.org.

 

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Computer Science & Job Growth - Key Facts

 

  • The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that more than half of projected STEM jobs will be in computing occupations

 

  • Computing is one of the fastest growing occupations in the United States with more than 150,000 job openings annually

 

  • Computing jobs pay 75 percent more than the national median annual salary

 

  • Two-thirds of computing jobs are in sectors other than information technology including: manufacturing, defense, health care, life sciences, financial services, and retail.

 

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About the Massachusetts Computing Attainment Network (MassCAN)

 

MassCAN is a coalition of organizations collaborating to inspire and educate Massachusetts students in computing. Partners today include nonprofits focused on technology education, business associations, corporations, educational institutions, and organizations and foundations sponsoring and fostering collaborative systemic change.  It operates through four Task Forces: Standards, Curriculum, Professional Development and Public Awareness.  Learn more http://www.masscan.net.

 

For more information contact Jim Stanton, Executive Director of MassCAN, at jstanton@edc.org

 

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Computer Science Education (CSEd Week) - Hour of Code:  For a downloadable pdf of this release as well as a listing of participating schools in Massachusetts click here.