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BCPS Gets Plugged into Computer Science Education Week!

Thursday, November 30, 2017

The countdown is on for the start of Computer Science Education Week and Hour of Code! The annual global movement, which takes place December 4-10, 2017, raises awareness about the importance of expanding computer science in schools and inspires students to complete at least one hour of computer coding during the weeklong celebration.
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is proud to be a national leader and model for computer science in schools, with courses, curriculum and activities at every level and school. During Computer Science Education Week, Hour of Code activities take place at all District schools, with students participating 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 coding. 
In addition, this year, BCPS is partnering with the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, South Florida TechGateway and local businesses to host TechGateway Day highlighting local computer science career opportunities for students. Industry leaders from across South Florida visit schools to speak with students and take part in activities. Students will also explore in-demand, high-wage career pathways through the TechGateway interactive website, techgateway.org, and schools will receive new TechGateway maps for their classrooms.

Across BCPS, it’s set to be an exciting week of computer science fun, learning and coding!  
BCPS Superintendent Robert W. Runcie helps kick off Hour of Code activities as he “codes” with students at Floranada Elementary School on Tuesday, December 5, 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. The school is located at 5251 NE 14th Way, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33334.
Media are invited to cover this event and the special activities listed below.  

Additional Computer Science Education Week Special Activities:
Tuesday, December 5:
  • Miami Dolphins players visit Plantation Elementary School, 651 NW 42nd Avenue, Plantation, FL 33317, to give out STEM-related books, have lunch with students and participate in Hour of Code activities (9 a.m. - 2 p.m.)  
 Wednesday, December 6:
  • TechGateway Day Activities – In partnership with the Greater South Florida Alliance and South Florida TechGateway, industry leaders visit schools to showcase computer science career opportunities in South Florida.  For specific school visits and times, email browardstem@browardschools.com.
  • STEM Day with the Florida Panthers (10 a.m.-1 p.m.) – Students participate in interactive STEM events and receive a firsthand look at the STEM skills needed to make professional sporting events go off without a hitch. Students will also demonstrate their specially built robots designed for plastic “rat toss” events. This event takes place at the BB&T Center, located at 1 Panther Parkway, Sunrise, FL 33323.  
To learn more about these events – or for additional Hour of Code activities during Computer Science Education Week –
contact Dr. Lisa Milenkovic, BCPS Applied Learning Department, 754-321-2623. For more information on computer science in BCPS, visit browardschools.com/browardcodes.
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