LOS ANGELES - Hundreds of Los Angeles Unified School District students today joined the worldwide celebration of Computer Science Education Week from December 8-14. The kick-off event at North Hollywood High School showcased 40 to 50 students in grades nine-12 enrolled in Introduction to Data Science, who demonstrated for guests coding activities.
The event jointly promoted L.A. Unified’s participation in the Hour of Code, a global initiative that introduces students to computer programming. Since the school year began, students have been learning computer coding. Today’s event coincided with a nationwide effort to promote computer science as a 21st century career path. This year, L.A. Unified made a cooperative agreement to ensure that the District brings computer science to its schools. and increases the participation of girls and underrepresented students of color.
Guest speakers from Microsoft Corp., Code.org and Omaze.com interacted with students about how they like computer science and its application to daily life. Because of this enticing initiative, some students chose to pursue a computer science degree in college.
Leading today’s effort was Board Member Tamar Galatzan, who represents North Hollywood High School and who has two children attending L.A. Unified schools, “Computer skills are already necessary for every job or profession, and the demand for greater expertise going to increase as technology becomes more advanced. I want to make sure our students are prepared for college or the workforce by not just knowing how to use technology, but how to create it.”
The event was organized in partnership with Board Member Galatzan's Office, UCLA, Code.org and the L.A. Fund.
Other school site that participated in Hour of Code were Van Nuys High School and Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies.
Mr. VJ Hirsch, teacher at Van Nuys High School, secured a $10,000 grant through Code.org to develop a schedule that allowed every student to participate in the Hour of Code initiative.
Eight hundred and fifty students students from kindergarten through fifth-grade at the Sherman Oaks Center gathered in the playground and were acknowledged by President Barack Obama via a giant 16-foot screen about the importance of computer science. The Hour of Code continued with an interactive session on the big screen, alongside a LIVE action coding game board.
Last year, 15 million students worldwide in 29,000 classrooms learned new skills through an Hour of Code.
Contact: Monica Carazo (213) 241-6766