Highlights of Computer Science Education Week 2018

Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza celebrated New York City’s participation in Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) 2018 with a visit to Public School 24 in Brooklyn on December 3. Principal Jacqueline Nikovic welcomed Chancellor Carranza, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, and CSNYC founder Fred Wilson to her school to join in on the kindergarten and third-grade computer science (CS) classes. The younger students guided peers and the Chancellor during an unplugged coding activity with directional signs; the third graders demonstrated their burgeoning knowledge of the Scratch coding computer program.

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CSEdWeek is a global effort to lift up the importance of CS in schools around the world. A record 359 New York City public schools participated in CS activities – such as Hour of Code, school-wide Hackathons, and individual class events – during the weeklong celebration held December 3-9.

“As we work to advance equity in schools across the City, we're expanding computer science education to a record number of students across the City -- including students, schools, and neighborhoods that haven't had this access before,” said Chancellor Carranza. “In our computer science classrooms, students are learning to think creatively and collaborate with each other. They're being exposed to hands-on, new ways of thinking and technologies that they may pursue into college and careers or as a hobby, or that simply excite them about learning and being in school.”

Computer Science for All (CS4All) is part of Mayor de Blasio and Chancellor Carranza’s Equity and Excellence for All agenda, which aims to ensure that by 2026, 80 percent of students graduate high school on time and two-thirds of graduates are college ready. Building on record-high graduation rates, record-low dropout rates, and a high-quality pre-K seat for every New York City 4-year-old, Equity and Excellence for All is creating a path from pre-K to college and careers for every child in every neighborhood in New York City.

CS4All is a public-private partnership supported by a range of foundations, corporations, nonprofits, families, and individuals. Three funders participated in CSEdWeek 2018 by sending tech employees to visit CS classes and schools. The Fund for Public Schools worked closely with its corporate partners to schedule visits on December 5, 6 and 7.

Raymond Lem spoke about his IT work at  Alexandria Real Estate Equities  to a class at Manhattan International High School.

Raymond Lem spoke about his IT work at Alexandria Real Estate Equities to a class at Manhattan International High School.

Four  Accenture  employees, all recent college graduates, shared with students at Park East High School about how they became interested in CS.

Four Accenture employees, all recent college graduates, shared with students at Park East High School about how they became interested in CS.

Airbnb  engineer Ben Hughes visited an advanced CS class at Brooklyn Technical High School and talked about his path from startup entrepreneur to working at a major tech company.

Airbnb engineer Ben Hughes visited an advanced CS class at Brooklyn Technical High School and talked about his path from startup entrepreneur to working at a major tech company.

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Matt Darian