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Code/Bronx: How to Start Your School’s Coding Program

December 1, 2015 by

What does coding mean for our students in the Bronx? Economic opportunity. Job options. Help prepare our Bronx scholars for the 21st century economy by attending “Code/Bronx” on December 8th with the Bronx Borough President, Ruben Diaz Jr, and Code/Interactive.  Keep reading and download our event flyer to find out more.

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Students from Urban Assembly School for Global Commerce visit Google with Code/Interactive.

Why Computer Science?

Learning computer science helps prepare students for every industry, from banking and fashion to retail and education. Tech is the fastest growing jobs sector in New York, so providing all students with a computer science education is imperative for preparing them for the 21st century workforce. Coding is the language of the future, and Code/Interactive is dedicated to ensuring that every student in the Bronx has the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of computer science and coding in elementary, middle, and high school as a part of the #CS4ALL initiative.

What is CS4All?

CS4All is an $81 million public-private partnership for every student to receive computer science education at each school level: elementary, middle, and high school. The NYCDOE and the Computer Science Foundation of the City of New York (CSNYC) are funding nonprofits like Code/Interactive to train nearly 5000 teachers as computer science educators. Code/Interactive has taught students in the Bronx to code for the past 14 years, with a long history of successful student outcomes and long-lasting partnerships with tech companies.

What are my next steps?

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and Code/Interactive (C/I) invite you to Boricua College during Computer Science Education Week to learn:

  • Why are coding & computer science important for my students?
  • What type of program is appropriate for my school?
  • How can I sign my teachers up for professional development?
  • Are there special opportunities for my students and teachers?
  • What kind of technology do I need to run a coding program?

Contact [email protected] with questions or to sign teachers up for professional development for coding and computer science.

Where should I start?

Start with an Hour of Code from December 7 – 11, 2015 at your school! Last year, over 60 million students tried computer science using the Hour of Code, a one-hour introduction designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics. Check out this easy-to-use lesson today:

Visit www.hourofcode.com to find out more and sign up your school or e-mail [email protected] for help running an Hour of Code.

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Students presenting at a Code/Interactive hackathon at Google sponsored by AT&T Mobile.

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