FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
For more information, contact:
CPS Office of Communications
Chicago Public Schools (CPS) will compete against New York City Public District Schools in Brooklyn to sign up more schools for the national computer science competition, the Hour of Code challenge. As one of the nation’s leading districts for computer science implementation, CPS will encourage schools and students across the District to participate in a valuable computer science experience.
This challenge from the NYC Public Schools District in Brooklyn brings an exciting twist to the Hour of Code this year—with the prize of bragging rights going to the school District with the highest percentage of schools registered for Hour of Code events by December 7. In 2013, CPS placed first worldwide in the Hour of Code and in 2014, the District took 3rd place in the challenge.
“Each year, the Hour of Code encourages collaboration in the classroom and helps to create an environment where students can practice and improve in both computer science and coding,” said CPS CEO Forrest Claypool. “By participating in the Hour of Code and our continued expansion of computer science, we are leveling the playing field for all children to build the same skills, and preparing them for bright futures.”
The Hour of Code is a global computer science movement that teaches children the basics of computer coding through engaging online tutorials. It has reached millions of students in more than 180 countries, nurturing logic, creativity and problem-solving and giving children the foundation for success in the jobs of tomorrow. CPS won the Hour of Code in 2012 and placed third last year.
“Even the New York Times says CPS is on the leading edge of technology in the classroom, so we have high expectations for our success in this challenge to include even more students in learning how to use coding to succeed in the 21st century,” said CPS Chief Education Officer Janice Jackson, “With STEM-focused jobs dominating the economy in Chicago, we are excited to provide every Chicago student with access and tools to build the skills to do the jobs of tomorrow.”
This year’s Hour of Code spans December 7th through 13th—Computer Science Week. Events can be organized during any time of that week, and one-hour tutorials are available in 40 plus languages for those seeking to apply. Schools are encouraged to register for the Hour of Code at www.hourofcode.com/cps
by the deadline of December 7.
Since Mayor Rahm Emanuel launched the Computer Science for All (CS4All) initiative in 2013, Computer Science coursework has been implemented across 107 schools thus far, with plans to expand access districtwide based on the following timeline:
Computer Science will be in every high school by SY17
Computer Science will be in at least 25 percent or more of elementary schools by SY19
Computer Science will become a high school graduation requirement
Mayor Emanuel joined CEO Claypool in October to announce that every student in every classroom will soon have access to high-speed broadband and Wi-Fi, with the support of a $37.7 million federal grant awarded to CPS. This investment accelerates the timeline for the implementation of CS4All by one year, and is part of a larger effort to ensure that every classroom is outfitted for 21st century learning.
Beginning next year, students will no longer be limited to learning technology in the computer lab, but will be able to integrate technology into their learning on a one-to-one basis. For the youngest learners, this will allow access to technology, tools and programs when they first set foot in a classroom. Infusing technology into education early on will allow the next generation to build a proficiency in the language of the 21st century, ensuring competitiveness and competency for college and careers of the future.