Champaign Schools to Participate in Computer Science Education Week

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 10:27am
As part of Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek), which takes place December 9-15, Champaign Unit #4 School District has a number of school activities planned centering on computer science and computer literacy.
 
CSEdWeek is an annual program dedicated to showing K-12 students the importance of computer science education. Organized by the Computing in the Core coalition and Code.org, CSEdWeek is held in recognition of the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (December 9, 1906). This year’s celebration will include nearly 4 million students and 7,300 events worldwide. 
 
“We are excited to be participating in this worldwide event that builds computer programming and digital literacy skills in our students,” said David Hohman, Director of Educational Technology. “Our District has invested in and will continue to incorporate computer science and technology into the curriculum. We know that technology skills will be vital in our students’ post-secondary success.” 
 
  • On Saturday, December 7, Kenwood Elementary will hold its second “Demystifying the Computer” workshop for families. Families who participate will help repair a personal computer and will take it home at the close of the workshop. 
  • During the week, Kenwood and Carrie Busey Elementry Schools will participate in the Hour of Code, which will build computer programming skills in students. Students at Kenwood will utilize the Etoys program and Carrie Busey will use iPads, Chromebooks, and Netbooks to work on programming skills. 
  • Centennial High School will host a Code-In on Wednesday, December 11 in the afternoon to allow students and staff the opportunity to learn computer programming and coding skills. 
  • The AVID Program will introduce Chromebooks to participating junior and senior students on December 10 to help build digital literacy skills. 
  • Five new computer science courses will go to the Board of Education for approval on December 9. Three of the courses focus on computer programming, one of which is a dual credit course with Parkland College. Two other courses focus on computer networking and systems and are also dual credit. 
  • Students and staff members will also be participating on an individual basis via the CSEdWeek official website. For more information, please visit http://csedweek.org.