Hillsborough County Public Schools Students Come Together for the Hour of Code
For Immediate Release
Contact: Tanya Arja
Office of Communications
Tampa, Fla. – (December 1, 2017) – More than 100 Hillsborough County Public Schools third, fourth and fifth graders will participate in the global Hour of Code on Monday, December 4, from 10 a.m. – noon, at the Glazer Children’s Museum. The museum is located at 110 W. Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa.
Students will work in groups, moving from station to station, participating in programs based on curriculum by Code.org and the Glazer Children’s Museum.
The goal of the Hour of Code is to increase students’ interest and access to computer science. Tens of millions of students in 180+ countries have participated in this global movement. Currently, Hillsborough County Public Schools is the lead partner of the Tampa Bay STEM Network. The network recently partnered with code.org and received a $250,000 grant to expand computer science in public schools.
Hillsborough County Public Schools has pledged to expand computer science opportunities to all district schools within two years. In addition, every middle and high school student will be offered computer science electives during those two years.
“Computer science education, including the Hour of Code, supports the district’s broader initiatives in digital literacy. Hillsborough County Public Schools is well positioned to lead the state and the nation in these efforts,” said Larry Plank, Hillsborough County Public Schools’ Director of K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education.
The Hour of Code is part of Geek Week at the Glazer Children’s Museum, from December 1-8, where children will spend time coding, practicing computational thinking, tinkering with robotics and learning through narrative play.
“At Glazer Children’s Museum, we want to ignite the curiosity of our little learners,” said Jennifer Stancil, President and CEO of GCM. “Who doesn’t want to play with robots? There are fun ways to learn~computer literacy and develop critical skills for 22nd Century careers."
The Hour of Code kicks off Computer Science Education Week.