Students to learn basics during CSEd Week

December 2nd, 2016

FOR RELEASE—More than 700 area K-8 students will join Nextech to participate in the national Hour of Code as part of Computer Science Education Week, Dec. 5-11. The students join tens of millions of people participating globally.

“Technology powered by computers is everywhere, yet only a fraction of students have access to learn the basics of how computers work,” said Nextech President Karen Jung. “Nextech is on a mission to change that as we believe every student deserves the opportunity to explore, experiment and imagine the wonder of creating technology. Hour of Code provides a perfect platform to introduce students and educators to computer science and coding.”

An Hour of Code at the Indiana Statehouse on Dec. 5 kicks off Nextech’s celebration of CSEd Week. The event, sponsored by AT&T Indiana, will bring together approximately 100 students from Floro Torrence School 83, Christel House Academy South and Tindley Accelerated Schools to show them the basics of computer science through a coding activity. Arsenal Tech High School students involved in Nextech’s Catapult program will support participants as they code and help them understand why computer science matters in their lives.

“IPS is committed to creating innovative opportunities for the young people we serve and connecting them to the career opportunities in our community,” said Dr. Lewis D. Ferebee, Superintendent of Indianapolis Public Schools. “Our partnership with Nextech and the Hour of Code is a great way to introduce young people to tech jobs.”

“The principles of computer science education—problem solving, critical thinking and creativity—are foundational skills for a qualified workforce,” said Bill Soards, President of AT&T Indiana. “We are excited to partner with Nextech to bring computer science education to Indiana schools.”

The CSEd Week celebration continues Dec. 6-9 as Nextech hits the road with its mobile computing lab—a passenger bus transformed into a roving classroom equipped with technology and educators. The bus will visit 13 Central Indiana locations and facilitate 22 Hour of Code events. Up to 30 students will participate in each Hour of Code event during the school day and after school at AYS locations.

Nextech finishes the week at one of their education partner schools, Westfield High School, for a celebration with school faculty and students on Dec. 9.

Follow Nextech on Twitter and Facebook to keep up on all the Hour of Code events throughout Computer Science Education Week.

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