HHS “Hour of Code”
Hoboken High School Hour of Code – Friday, December 13th
Hoboken Junior Senior High School joins millions in teaching computer science for the first time. On Friday, Dec 13, Hoboken Junior/Senior High School will be participating in an Hour of Code. The objective is to expose students to an hour of programming to spark their interest in the computer science and/or technical field.
90 percent of American schools don’t teach computer science. Fewer students are learning how computers work than a decade ago. Girls and minorities are severely underrepresented. And yet, technology is increasingly shaping almost every aspect of how we live our lives.
That’s why students of HJSHS joining in on the largest education event in history: The Hour of Code. During Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 9-15), every student from kindergarten through 5th grade will spend one hour learning computer science, doing online tutorials featuring Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Angry Birds.
The Hour of Code is a campaign to prove that regardless of age, race or gender, anyone can learn how to not just consume, but build the technologies of the future.
Our students are among over 2 million already planning to try one Hour of Code during Dec. 9-15 worldwide. This movement, organized by Code.org and supported by Apple, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and over 100 others, is a statement that today’s generation of students are ready to learn critical skills for 21st century success.
In addition, HJSHS Students who are participating in An Hour of Code will be wearing ‘genius bar’ attire – plain black tee-shirt, polo, or button down shirt, blue jeans and sneakers (in honor of Steve Jobs).
Shocking statistics about technology & education in the USA
- There will be 1 million more computing jobs than students over the next 10 years (adding up to $500 billion in salaries)
- More than 50 percent of all projected math and science occupations are in computing occupations.
- Computing occupations are among the highest-paying jobs for new graduates. Yet fewer than 3% of college students graduate with a degree in computer science.
- In 36 states, computer science classes don’t count toward math or science high school graduation requirements.
- A.P. Computer Science is taught in only 5% of U.S. high schools
- Fewer than 20 percent of AP Computer Science students are women. Fewer than 10% are Black/African American and Hispanic/Latino.
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