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It’s time to get coding!

Earlier this month, schools across New York City and around the country commemorated Computer Science Education Week (December 6–12), our annual call to action to inspire students in grades K–12 to learn computer science. Throughout the week, students throughout the five boroughs participated in an Hour of Code, hackathons, computer program design, robotics, and other coding projects that encouraged all participants to problem-solve, think critically, and work as part of a team.

Did you know that the DOE offers more computer science programming than any other school district in the U.S.? Computer science helps prepare students for a broad range of college and career possibilities that are in high demand in today’s labor market. As more of our students receive computer science instruction, our schools are helping to ensure that our City’s future workforce reflects the diversity of our student population—no longer will our technical fields under-represent students of color and our young women.

Ten students working inside a computer lab at P.S. 85 in Queens

In celebration of Computer Science Education Week, these P.S. 85 students participated in an Hour of Code. (Photo by @ps85q)

What Computer Science Looks Like in the Classroom

Computer science encourages students to come up with practical solutions for everyday issues. For example, in prior years, students developed computer apps that provided real-time data about MTA bus routes, notified landlords when tenants became exposed to extreme temperatures in apartments, and pushed bilingual alerts to families to keep students safe and informed in school.

Check out what some of our students completed this year, and let us know what computer science projects your children are working on this year in the comments section below!

To learn more about Computer Science Education Week, visit csedweek.org, and check out @CSforAllNYC on Twitter.

On behalf of the DOE, we thank all of our teachers, students, and school administrators who helped to make Computer Science Education Week a success in NYC schools this year!


Photo by Alena Darmel. Used under Creative Commons license. Original can be found on Pexels.

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