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Broward County Public Schools Participates in “Hour of Code”

Friday, December 06, 2013
 
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is honoring National Computer Science Education Week (December 9-13) and the District’s new partnership with the non-profit organization, Code.Org, by participating in the Hour of Code.
 
The Hour of Code is a weeklong campaign, which aims to have 10 million students in the United States experience one hour of computer science in school. The overall goal is to increase students’ interest in computer science and code writing as future career paths. Computer science is a top paying college degree and computer programming jobs are growing at two-times the national average.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and National Science Foundation, by 2020, there will be one million more jobs than students entering the field.
 
As part of the Hour of Code, more than 200 schools across the District will be taking part in a variety of “coding” lessons.  In addition, Code.Org has selected one participating school in every state to win a class-set of laptops.  BCPS is proud to announce that South Broward High School has been chosen as Florida’s winning school. 
 
 “We’re excited to participate in the Hour of Code,” said Superintendent Robert W. Runcie.  “We must prepare our students to succeed in college and careers.  By exposing our students to computer science and coding, students are more informed about the many options they have for their future.” 
 
School Board members and Superintendent Runcie will visit schools throughout the week of December 9-13, as students take part in the Hour of Code.  
 
Superintendent Runcie’s schedule for Monday, December 9, 2013, includes the following visits:
Media are invited to attend these events.Superintendent Runcie’s schedule for Monday, December 9, 2013, includes the following visits:
Media are invited to attend these events.

7:30 a.m.         South Broward High School
                        1901 N Federal Highway, Hollywood
 
9 a.m.              Plantation Elementary           
                        651 NW 42 Avenue, Plantation
 
10:30 a.m.       Nova Middle School
                        3602 College Avenue, Davie
 
To learn more about the Hour of Code, visit:  http://csedweek.org/
 
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