Celebrating Computer Science Education Week
This week at Code/Interactive, we have been celebrating Computer Science Education Week (#CSEdWeek) along with over 400 partners and 200,000 educators worldwide!
As a Code.org Regional Partner in New York and a founding member of the CS For All Consortium, celebrating CSEdWeek in New York City is especially poignant because of the City’s Computer Science for All initiative. As a part of this initiative, we’re working hard to ensure that every New York City student will receive computer science education in elementary, middle, and high school by 2025.
Events like CSEdWeek are integral to promoting the study of computer science among students. Here’s what we were up to this week:
SATURDAY: C/I HACKS SAFETY
We kicked off the week with a Saturday hackathon at Postlight. Over 40 students attended and developed products to promote safety in their communities. Student projects included using QR codes to assist schools with security screenings for classroom visitors and wearable tech to decrease assault. In addition, we ran a workshop for six teachers so they could become a Code/Interactive certified hackathon facilitators in their schools.
TUESDAY: CODE PEP RALLY + YES TO CS SOCIAL + SCRATCH PANEL
Tuesday was a jam-packed day of events.
In the afternoon, we held a Code Pep Rally at the High School of Hospitality Management. Over a hundred students were inspired to study computer science by Kelvin Beachum of the New York Jets, and employees from BlackRock, the Royal Bank of Canada, Twitter and Uber. The students then got to show off their computer science skills to the speakers by participating in the Hour of Code and engaging in a design thinking activity.
In the evening, we hosted a social to celebrate CSEdWeek for our Yes to CS Community, an organization of professionals interested in supporting the next generation of DIVERSE tech leaders (learn more about the Community and its membership benefits here). Our Associate Director of Programs, Carlos Leon participated in a panel with the creator of Scratch, Mitch Resnick, Professor of Learning and Research at the Mit Media Lab. Joining the panel was our longtime Code/Interactive educator, Kelly Powers, Co-Principal STEM/PE/Health at South Bronx Early College Academy Charter School.
WEDNESDAY: CIBC MIRACLE DAY
Wednesday took us, and our students from Quest to Learn, to the New York office of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) for their yearly Miracle Day fundraiser. Every year, on the first Wednesday in December, their CIBC Capital Markets team and CIBC Wood Gundy Investment Advisors donate their fees and commissions to organizations like Code/Interactive. Our students spent the day learning about how trading and technology intersect and getting inspired to continue studying computer science by celebrities such as Jenny McCarthy and NFL Hall of Fame member, Curtis Martin Jr.
BECOME AN EDUCATION PARTNER
Code/Interactive is available to provide solutions for schools and educational organizations in need of computer science training for their educators. Consulting with partners, we identify the best-fit courses that align with their vision and create a plan for implementation and/or expansion. We then furnish educators with the training, curriculum, tools, and support necessary to implement the computer science course or topic independently.
Originally published at Code/Interactive (C/I).