(Ellicott City) All 76 Howard County public school will participate in the Code.org’s global Hour of Code event, December 4–10.
HCPSS Instructional Technology and Career and Technology Education offices worked in tandem with teachers to provide students the opportunity to try computer science for at least one hour during the week. Classroom participation includes discussions about Hour of Code and why participation is important, learning and understanding new coding vocabulary words, online coding activities through code.org, and unplugged coding activities like robotics and classroom work.
(Adelphi) Engineers from the Army research Lab will be participating in talking to our school about coding.
Baltimore Robotics Center (Lutherville-Timonium) This event is open to the public and will have attendees from all over the greater Baltimore area. We also will be having follow on coding activities and clubs.
Computer Science Education student organization at the University of Marlyand, Baltimore County (Baltimore) The CS Education student organization's Hour of Code event will span two days during CS Education week: December 4 and 5. On December 4, UMBC students will get the opportunity to try various coding activities. On December 5, we will be bringing in 10 students from Lakeland Elementary/Middle school to do the Minecraft coding activity with Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, the President of UMBC. After that, the students will engage in several breakout activities to learn about artificial intelligence and other facets of computer science.
Fort Washington Alumnae Chapter (Fort Washington) This event will be facilitated by a public service organization and the audience will be members of the local community (particularly children and youth). The purpose of this event is to empower, motivate and expose young people- especially minorities and girls- to the computer science field, particularly coding.
Frederick County Library (Frederick) Hour of Code: Virtual Reality - Interact with a VR headset during Hour of Code week, a global celebration of computer science.
Project Lead (Catonsville) The Maryland chapter of Computer Science Teacher Association (CSTA-MD) will provide leadership to roll out Family Code Nights in Maryland and provide complementary activities to galvanize the momentum generated. The Family Code Night event at Hillcrest Elementary will kick-off our initiative. In addition to families working together on Code.org puzzles, we also will invite prospective presenters and organizers to attend a train-the-training session following the model Family Code Night. Additionally, CSTA-MD will provide leadership, training, incentives, and follow-up to strengthen the impact of these events.
The Family Code Nights provide a great foot in the door with promising stakeholders. To keep the momentum going, we will:
• Provide teachers with an electronic forum (professional learning community)
• Facilitate subsequent opportunities for teachers to showcase their lessons learned
• Encourage teachers to continue their professional development by attending the Code.org’s Computer Science Fundamentals professional development and/or annual Maryland Computing Education Summit.
For PTAs and volunteers, we will:
• Provide a portal of resources for coding clubs and STEM enrichment
• Disseminate the PTA Action Guide (a planning template for expanding Computer Science opportunities out-of-school or at local school)
• Facilitate a webinar where Family Code Night leaders from host schools can discuss their questions about promoting effective Computer Science for children
Eventually, the grass-roots efforts of this project may mobilize communities to participate in broader advocacy in hopes of eventually achieving Computer Science for all.