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.
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!
Class K-12 explored different kinds of computer science activities! The students learned about online safety, practiced code sequencing, and thought about how they use computers everyday! @PS_376K @ExecSuptKWatts @BKNorthNYCDOE @D32Bushwick @hellorubyworld pic.twitter.com/CVRfvyL6ww— PS 376 💻🍎 (@PS_376K) December 15, 2021
We continue in the mood for coding #CSEWeek and #HourofCode2021 at @PS128M with the support of @learningdrive @sepjrnyc @DOEChancellor @CSforAllNYC @innovation_lady @cnunez0810 @nycschools @codeorg #CSedweek2021 #SEPjrNYC pic.twitter.com/8zfe8xLtt2— Claudia Oquel-Hirsch (@HirschOquel) December 15, 2021
Scholars enjoy the opportunity to engage in coding activities during their time in computer science. @cristinevaughan @BxSuptTobia @metisassociates @ofdc_nycschools @District11BX @DOEChancellor @PrincipalEllman #computerscienceeducationweek #coding pic.twitter.com/qipGzmG2WG— PS178MultimediaArts&Design (@PS178multimedia) December 13, 2021