Chattanooga Mayor's Office Recognizes CSEd Week

Local School Participate In Global Event

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

The mayor's office has declared Dec. 9-15 Computer Science Education Week called the Hour of Code in the city of Chattanooga.

The Hour of Code is a self-guided activity that every student, in every classroom, can do. A variety of hour-long tutorials will be available for students to try out the basics of computer science.

This event will be the first chance for millions of students from across the country to get their first taste of computer science education -- a field that is now fundamental to all occupations in the 21st century and one where high-paying jobs are growing rapidly, officials said. 

More information is found at http://hourofcode.org

So far, 23,423 organizers plan to host Hour of Code for 3,377,500 students, across 164 countries.  Of these, 13,684 are teachers in schools, and 7,833 are organizing for their entire school to participate.  Several Chattanooga schools are listed as participating at http://csedweek.org/events under Classrooms.

Teachers can register to participate at http://csedweek.org/participate 

Anyone can view the Tutorials listed at http://csedweek.org/learn2 (not all tutorials shown are complete, but will be ready by Dec .9)

ChattanoogaCODE.org is a brand-new local effort which hopes to laser focus the work of code.org (not affiliated) in Chattanooga.  Their immediate goal as an organization is to facilitate more teachers in registering their classrooms for the Hour of Code event. This is listed via https://www.causeway.org/hourofcode.  Their long-term commitment is to make Chattanooga the first city in America to adopt Computer Science curriculum at 100 percent participation across all grade levels in all schools.


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