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100 Percent of Schools in BCPS to Participate in the Hour of Code

Friday, December 05, 2014
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) led the world in 2013 with student participation in the Hour of Code.  This year, 100% of the schools in BCPS are taking part in the week-long events.   The Hour of Code is a national campaign organized by Code.org, a non-profit organization dedicated to expanding computer science programs in schools.  The goal is to inspire 100 million students across the globe to try one hour of computer science during National Computer Science Education Week, December 8-14, 2014. 
In honor of Hour of Code activities, Superintendent Robert W. Runcie and a Code.org representative will visit Fort Lauderdale High School, Thursday, December 11, 2014, from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.  They will meet with students who, as part of their computer science course, are developing literary arts video games to serve students in elementary and middle schools.  Media are invited to cover this event.           
In 2013, BCPS became the first school district in Florida to partner with Code.org to increase access to computer science courses, curriculum and resources in schools.  As a result, the number of schools providing computer science courses, curriculum or resources increased from nine schools to 120 schools (and growing), currently impacting more than 11,500 BCPS students.
Media are also invited to cover Hour of Code events at the following schools:

Dillard Elementary School
– Monday, December 8, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
2330 NW 12th Court, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311
Forest Hills Elementary School – Monday, December 8 – Friday, December 12, 12:15 – 1:45 p.m. (each day)
 NW 85th Avenue, Coral Springs, FL 33065
Dolphin Bay Elementary School – Tuesday,  December  9 – Wednesday, December 10, 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (each day)
16450 Miramar Parkway, Miramar, FL 33027
Deerfield Beach Elementary School – Tuesday, December 9, from 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
650 NE 1st Street, Deerfield Beach, FL 33441
Attucks Middle School – Thursday, December 11, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
3500 N 22nd Avenue, Hollywood, FL 33020
Gator Run Elementary School - Friday, December 12, 8:15 –10:45 a.m. & 10:45 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.
1101 Glades Parkway, Weston, FL 33327

Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is the sixth largest public school system in the United States, the second largest in the state of Florida and the largest fully accredited K-12 and adult school district in the nation. BCPS has over 260,000 students and approximately 175,000 adult students in 229 schools and education centers and 95 charter schools. BCPS serves a diverse student population. Students are from 204 different countries and speak 130 different languages. For more information about BCPS, visit (browardschools.com), follow us on Twitter (@Browardschools) and like us on Facebook (facebook.com/browardschools).