From December 3–9, 2018, over 350 New York City public schools participated in Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek), the annual week-long call to action to raise awareness about the need for computer science education at all levels for students in the 21st Century.
In celebration of this annual event, participating schools across the five boroughs hosted a variety of computer science-related activities, including, “Hour of Code” tasks designed for computer science learners of all ages, joint computer science lessons for students and their family members, and speeches from tech industry insiders.
CSEdWeek also marked the launch of the DOE’s second annual CS4All Hack League, a friendly, three-round student competition developed in partnership with BetaNYC that provides students with the opportunity to explore NYC Open Data during hackathons and apply computer science concepts to solve real-world challenges.
The first round of this year’s CS4All Hack League took place during CSEdWeek and featured small groups of students from 122 middle and high schools who worked to identify and create tech-based solutions to big problems that affect their communities. Next, Round 1’s winning student teams will progress to Round 2’s borough-wide hackathons in winter 2019, while the final round of this year’s Hack League will take place in spring 2019.
The DOE’s participation in CSEdWeek and the Hack League are part of NYC’s ongoing Computer Science for All initiative, which will bring computer science education to every elementary, middle, and high school by 2025. During the 2017–18 school year, a record high 134,000 students received computer science education, a 44 percent increase from the 2016–17 school year.
To learn more about CSEdWeek, Computer Science for All, and the Hack League, visit the DOE’s official CS4All website.
On behalf of the DOE, we thank all of our teachers, students, and school leaders who helped make CSEdWeek a success this year!