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The Hour of Code is Here! BCPS Participates in Computer Science Education Week December 5 - 11

Monday, December 05, 2016
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Thousands of Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) students are participating in the Hour of Code this week as part of Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek), December 5 – 11, 2016. 
The Hour of Code inspires students at schools nationwide to complete at least one hour of computer coding activities during CSEdWeek.  BCPS is proud to have Hour of Code events underway at 100 percent of District schools, including both “plugged” activities, which are done on computers, and “unplugged” activities, which use a variety of non-computer-based resources to teach students about computer coding. Several BCPS schools are also working with local industries, such as Science4Us/SpellingVocabulary City and Ultimate Software, to engage students in computer science in the workplace.
As part of the Hour of Code, BCPS Superintendent Robert W. Runcie will visit Seminole Middle School, located at 6200 SW 16TH Street in Plantation, on December 9, 2016, at 1 p.m.  The Superintendent is excited to “code” with students in the school’s computer science class!  Media are invited to cover this event.
Since 2013, the number of BCPS students participating in computer science has increased from 240 students to approximately 50,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade in 2016/17. image011.jpg
The BCPS computer science initiative, called #BrowardCODES, is now a national model and continues to be highlighted by the White House for its focus on expanding computer science opportunities for students, increasing professional development for teachers, and creating a community for computer science.
The community can follow the District’s Hour of Code activities on social media via Twitter @browardschools and Facebook at facebook.com/browardschools. Share photos using #BrowardCODES.
To learn more about #BrowardCODES, visit browardschools.com/browardcodes.     



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