As regional partner of Code.org, Riverside County Office of Education event to kick off Computer Science Week is aimed at reinforcing importance of increasing access to computer science for all students
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RIVERSIDE – Twenty students from elementary, middle, and high schools in Riverside County flipped the classroom and taught district, county, and university-level educators and community leaders from the Inland Empire the basics of computer science on Monday, December 5, 2016.
Students and educators from 10 districts in Riverside County, representatives from UC Riverside, San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools, and one additional district in San Bernardino County were on hand for the Riverside County Office of Education kick off event, part of Computer Science Week. Elementary and high school students guided school, community, and corporate leaders through Hour of Code™ activities on laptops, tablets, and mobile devices. Student’s used low-stress block coding activities with incorporated Disney Frozen and Moana movies themes, Star Wars themes and popular Minecraft gaming.
“As a Regional Partner with Code.org, RCOE is working to increase access to computer science courses for students across Riverside County,” said Dennis Large, Riverside County Office of Education Director of Educational Technology. “In particular, we are engaged in the equity issue of female, African-American, and Latino students being underrepresented in the field of computer science.”
RCOE’s role as a regional partner with Code.org is focused on:
- Establishing partnerships with local districts and schools to commit to send teachers to computer science professional learning workshops
- Organizing and hosting quality, local workshops for districts and schools implementing Code.org’s high school and middle school programs, with Code.org-accredited facilitators
- Building, growing and sustaining a local community of computer science educators (or joining an existing community)
The Hour of Code™ is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. One-hour tutorials are available in over 45 languages. Code.org sponsors and promotes Hour of Code™ (#HourOfCode) all year—with special emphasis during Computer Science Week, December 5-11.