52,815 Lines of Code in 1 Week

December 14th, 2015


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
 As part of a global initiative to increase interest in computer science and learn the basics of coding, Nextech helped 452 Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) students participate in an Hour of Code last week. Nextech, a local nonprofit focused on increasing the number of high school graduates who choose a career in technology, facilitated the hour-long sessions as part of Computer Science Education Week.

Nextech kicked off the week at the Indiana Statehouse, with the help of students from Tindley Accelerated Schools and Arsenal Technical High School. The Nextech team then hit the road with a mobile coding bus, which visited 11 locations throughout the week and facilitated 24 Hour of Code events.

At each stop, IPS students boarded the bus where they were each lent an iPad that was generously donated by Eli Lilly and Company. After being given a brief set of instructions by the Nextech team, the students quickly dove into Lightbot, an educational app that teaches basic coding concepts, to complete their Hour of Code. Many of the students were surprised by how fun it is to code.

“Nextech operates with the fundamental belief that every student deserves the opportunity to explore, experiment and imagine the wonder of creating technology,” said Nextech President Karen Jung. “The Hour of Code is the perfect platform to show young people that coding is not hard or boring, but that it can be quite cool.”

After completing her Hour of Code, Floro Torrence School 83 student Raven said, “I liked coding. I’m really good at it!”

Nextech and IPS joined forces this past summer to bring computer science curriculum and professional development to four district high schools. Based on the overwhelming success of the Hour of Code activities, both organizations announced today that they are extending their partnership to launch after-school coding clubs at the seven IPS schools that participated in last week’s events: Floro Torrence School 83 Rousseau McClellan Montessori School 91 George S. Buck School 94 Stephen Foster School 67 Lew Wallace School 107 George W. Julian School 57 and George Washington Community High School.

“IPS is excited to continue to grow our partnership with Nextech,” said IPS Superintendent Dr. Lewis D. Ferebee. “This week’s Hour of Code programming provided IPS students an innovative and engaging opportunity to explore the field of technology. We look forward to expanding our fruitful partnership through after-school coding clubs, professional development for IPS teachers, and experiential learning opportunities facilitated by Nextech and leading Indianapolis technology companies.”

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