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Computer Science Education Week 2016

computer coding graphicWant to inspire your students? Join millions in celebrating Computer Science Education Week – and computer pioneer Grace Hopper’s birthday – from December 5 to 11 this year by hosting an Hour of Code or other fun activity.

Join more than 41,000 U.S. schools, libraries, and other organizations celebrating Computer Science Education Week this year by hosting hour-of-code events from December 5 to 11. (Get how-to details here.)

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All About Code

Navajo Code TalkerstStudents in grades 3 – 5 learn how alphanumeric symbols can be encoded for many fun purposes. In the first of two sessions, they learn about codes by making their own with a limited number of symbols. They then attempt to break each other’s codes and discover the relationship among encryption, decryption, and shared keys.

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Verizon App Challenge 2016

verizon app challengeMiddle and high school students can win up to $20,000 in the Verizon App Challenge — no programming experience necessary. Register teams by November 18, 2016.

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Computer Science Contest for Girls

Hour of Code with NOAA at Shepard ElementaryProjectCSGIRLS aims to break down the gender gap in tech fields by encouraging middle school girls to learn computer programming and develop ideas that are powerful, disruptive, and cutting-edge. In this contest, students build something using computer science and technology that can help solve an imminent social problem in one of three areas: global health, a safer world, and intelligent technology. Submissions are due April 15, 2016.

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Teach Every Kid to Code – Grant

Computer programmer kidComputer programming is an essential language, one that an Atlanta-based tech company chief believes every elementary student should get a head start on learning. And he’s launching a nationwide grant contest that would send a master coding instructor to train K-8 teachers in a high-poverty school district for up to a year.

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Program a Friend

man in mazeIn this activity, students working in pairs learn basic computer programming and software engineering concepts by building an obstacle course, then steering a blindfolded friend through it by using a series of commands. They re-run the maze to improve on their “program.”

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England Mulls Coding for All Kids

one laptop per childComputer programming in kindergarten? Code writing is just one of several new skills England’s children would be taught, according to the final version of an overhauled national curriculum released on July 8.

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