The American Association of University Women is promoting Computer Science Education Week, which runs from Dec. 9 to 15, by working with states and branches across the country to host/support an Hour of Code. The Hour of Code is a series of one-hour tutorials that teach the basics of computer programming (coding) to young students, ages 6 and older. Hour of Code is the brainchild of and aligns with AAUW's STEM initiative to encourage young women and girls to enter the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.
More than 300 schools in New York state are participating in a national Hour of Code, demystifying the subject of computer science and demonstrating programming is within the reach of every child regardless of grade, academic interest, and access to technology. Coding can be done with a computer, tablet, smartphone or just with pen and pencil. It can be done in school, as part of a youth group activity or just by a family at home. To access the Hour of Code tutorials go to csedweek.org/school.
The local Amsterdam-Gloversville-Johnstown branch of AAUW will hold its annual Tech Savvy Summit for Girls on May 20, 2014, to provide exposure to STEM fields to middle school girls in the tri-counties. It is hoped local school districts took advantage of holding an Hour of Code at their schools this week to pique the interest of their students in this area of science as well.
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