(Photo by Tina Dougherty)
All 135 middle school students at Center City’s Friends Select School will do one hour of computer programming this week.
The students are taking part in an international initiative called Computer Science Education Week designed to expose students to coding. Nearly five million students from 168 countries have signed up to do one hour of code this week, including nearly 200 schools in Pennsylvania.
Here’s what some local organizations are doing:
- The city’s Director of Civic Technology Tim Wisniewski visited Friends Select, a private school near the Ben Franklin Parkway, and helped students with their hour-long coding session.
- Five hundred students at George Washington Carver High School of Engineering and Science will do one hour of code this week. The North Philly magnet school is also hosting a day-long hackathon this week.
- The Urban Technology Project’s Digital Service Fellows, who are trained as School District technology apprentices, are helping participating District schools with their hour of code, said project coordinator Jacob Feinberg. The fellows are also traveling to Harrisburg today to help spread the word about Computer Science Education Week and will tour Harrisburg University of Science and Technology.
- Email marketing company AWeber is bringing six of its employees to New Hope-Solebury High School today to show off how computer science can control objects. “One of our programmers has designed a model door connected to a number of sensors and a computer,” a spokeswoman said. “Through those sensors he’ll be able to use code to have the opening and closing of the door trigger other actions such as sending an email and setting off a mini-alarm.”
- Other participating Philly schools include: South Philly’s A.S. Jenks, Feltonville School of Arts and Sciences, East Germantown’s Hill-Freeman World Academy and Center City South’s World Communications Charter School.
How one local tech company is tackling the STEM talent shortage
Inside University City’s push to get those without four-year degrees into STEM careers
Philadelphia apparently ranks 2nd in this list of best cities for STEM diversity
Say ‘Ahoy’ to the technical opportunities at Vanguard
Why scientist Dr. Jaye Gardiner draws comics to encourage diversity in STEM fields
Independence Seaport Museum is hosting an emergency-weather hackathon
Youngmoo Kim on breaking the ‘monoculture’ of tech: ‘What the hell are you waiting for?’
Packed with growth opportunities, WSFS Bank moves into Philly
Sign-up for daily news updates from Technical.ly Philadelphia