by Karen McGrath, Technology Department Chair – SHS
In celebration of Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 7-13), Sandwich High School and STEM Academy have been participating in Hour of Code. Students in the Digital Literacy Classes as well as STEM Programming are taking part in “Hour of Code,” an introduction to computer science designed to demystify computing code and show that anyone can learn the basics to be a maker, a creator, and an innovator. More than 120 educators across Massachusetts are organizing coding activities with classrooms and schools during this week. All students receive buttons for participating.
Computer Science Education Week is dedicated to showing students of all ages the importance of computer science and to introducing them to computational thinking. It is organized by the Computing in the Core Coalition and Code.org in early December each year to recognize the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper, born on Dec. 9, 1906. This year, the Commonwealth Alliance for Information Technology Education (CAITE) and the MassTLC Education Foundation have provided buttons and posters to encourage schools and organizations in Massachusetts to participate and engage as many students as possible in computer science and coding activities.