Cowerks, Jersey Shore Tech, and The Lakehouse Music Academy are proud to announce their participation in this year’s Code.org “Hour of Code” week.
During this event, to be held on Sunday Dec 14th from 1PM-3PM at Cowerks in downtown Asbury Park, students will learn from local industry professionals about the types of things they can expect to do as a computer scientist and what it means to write code.
Following these inspirational stories, students will be encouraged to participate in a “hands on” activity where they will use code to help Frozen’s Anna and Elsa as they explore the magic and beauty of ice.
This year’s Hour of Code week runs from December 8th until December 14th and will feature over 60,000 events worldwide geared towards students as young as 4 through middle school.
Code.org is a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to expanding participation in computer science by making it available in more schools, and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color. Their vision is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science. They believe computer science and computer programming should be part of the core curriculum in education, alongside other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses, such as biology, physics, chemistry and algebra.
“We’re really excited to bring such a high profile event such as ‘Hour of Code’ to Asbury Park and I think hearing stories from some of our professionals will be really inspirational for the students.”, comments Cowerks co-founder Danny Croak.
“Programming is quickly becoming a basic job skill and we’re only going to see a greater demand in the coming decades. I think demystifying what programming is and teaching kids at a young age that it’s not all 1’s and 0’s is crucial to growing as a society. ”, Bret Morgan, his partner adds.
By 2020 it is estimated that there will be over 1,000,000 more science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) jobs than students enrolled in computer science. Computer science and engineering jobs are not only some of the highest paying, they are growing at 2x the national average.
This event is FREE and geared towards students ages 4 through 13 and light refreshments will be served. Parents are welcome to attend and students are encouraged to bring a laptop or tablet.
RSVPs are suggested at http://boab.co/hourofcodeap.