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    Computer Science / #BrowardCODES
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    Every student deserves the opportunity to learn Computer Science. Computer Science education emphasizes critical thinking, collaboration, communication, computational thinking, problem-solving, and perseverance. It promotes equity, growth, and sustainability. CS is foundational and fundamental education in the 21st century.

    Every December, we celebrate Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek), an annual call to action to inspire K-12 students to learn computer science, advocate for equity in computer science education, and celebrate the contributions of students, teachers, and partners to the field.  However, at BCPS, we celebrate CS Ed Week the entire month of December! Find daily computer science activities for your students via Canvas - search for the course called CS Education at BCPS 2022. #CSEverywhere

    This is a perfect month to start coding with your students - Rocket League, App Challenges, Esports, Minecraft Family Code Night! Superintendent Dr. Cartwright is shown here coding with a Parkway Middle School student.

    Dr. Cartwright coding with a Parkway Middle School studentBCPS is a National Model for Computer Science

    Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) has been a White House national model for expanding access to computer science in schools. Through the District’s #BrowardCodes initiative, more than 50,000 students are positively impacted by computer science offerings at 100 percent of BCPS K-12 schools. BCPS is leading and participating in three National Science Foundation (NSF) awards CSforAll projects to further expand access to students with disabilities and minorities.

    View the Code.org partnership video from 2013 where BCPS became the first school district in the nation to partner with Code.org to increase access to computer science courses, curriculum, and resources in schools. Since then, most BCPS middle schools offer a high school level computer science course, and all high schools offer computer science courses including college-level Advanced Placement classes.

    The #BrowardCODES initiative continues to broaden participation by hosting clubs, computer science fairs, and app challenges/codefests, in partnership with events and initiatives within BCPS that are not typically related to computer science. 

    Download the current flyer on computer science in BCPS.

  • CS Education Week: Dec. 6-12, 2021 (Hour of Code) - EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES

    The Annual Computer Science Education Week Is December 6-12, 2021. The 2021 theme is Computer Science Is Everywhere #CSEverywhere

    CSeverywherePoster#CSEverywhere Sign - download here
    • Take a picture with the sign then tweet out where you’re celebrating CS Ed Week. Tag @BrowardSTEM and @Browardschools and use the hashtags #CSEverywhere and #BrowardCODES 
      • Challenge your students to find the most unique places, jobs, or items that are affected by computer science.  
        • Have them place an image and a brief description on the sign and share it in class. 
        • Send us a picture or tweet it out and tag us. 

    Try a one-hour tutorial designed for all ages in over 45 languages. Join millions of students and teachers in over 180 countries starting with an Hour of Code. https://hourofcode.com/us/learn

    Computer science is everywhere

    Volunteer in our schools during the Hour of Code!  Register here: https://bit.ly/BASEmentor

    For more info about computer science in Broward County Public Schools, email us at browardstem@browardschools.com

  • #BrowardCODES Resources 

    Get Involved in #BrowardCODES

    Through its #BrowardCODES initiative, BCPS has expanded its connections between K-12 and computer science career pathways in South Florida in partnership with the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, South Florida Regional TechGateway, and other local businesses.

    Every year, BCPS invites industry professionals to get involved with #BrowardCODES and join the excitement of Computer Science Education week by volunteering during CS Education Week in December.  Contact Dr. Lisa Milenkovic at browardstem for further information.

  • Why Computer Science Is Important

    Computer science is also 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.  In addition, basic computer science skills can be applied and utilized in a variety of different careers.  
    Today’s students are surrounded by technology in their everyday lives, yet few are learning how computers actually work. Computer science transforms students from simply users of technology to creators of technology.

  • Creating Computer Science Connections through STEM+C Grant

    BCPS is honored to be the recipient of a $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to develop a model for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and computer science in elementary schools.  

    The project creates hands-on learning applications for students through a “STEM plus computing curriculum,” allowing students to build models and prototypes to improve problem-solving skills and develop their critical thinking abilities.  The District will also work with teachers to develop STEM problem-based learning and teacher professional development materials, to address challenging new areas for young learners.

    The pilot project included 14 schools in the 2016/17 school year.  The results will be used to develop a national model for integrating computer science in the classroom.

    For more information, go to Time for CS.  This material is based on work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1542842.


  • TechGateway Initiative - Connecting Students with Career Opportunities

    The technology sector is big business in South Florida.  BCPS and the county’s economic development organization, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance (Alliance), are teaming up to create an even brighter future for this industry and local students.
    The Alliance, together with its counterpart economic development organizations in Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties, are showcasing technology companies throughout South Florida through a TechGateway initiative. This initiative includes a website,TechGateway.org, which highlights more than 2,000 local technology companies, as well as a map showcasing the location of these technology companies across our region.  Through a partnership with BCPS, poster-sized versions of the map are displayed at all of the District’s middle and high schools. BCPS Career, Technical, Adult & Community Education facilitators are also working to raise awareness at schools about the TechGateway initiative, posters and associated classroom activities.

  • BCPS Computer Science News

Contact Information

  • Applied Learning: STEM +CS

    600 SE Third Avenue

    Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33301

    Phone: 754-321-1880

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    Dr. Lisa Milenkovic