Delran Celebrates Computer Science Education Week

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Hour of Code @ Delran 2016 Highlights

Delran Township School District celebrated the Hour of Code from December 5-11, 2016, which is Computer Science Education Week. The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics. Computer science helps nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity, all important skills for many of the jobs that will be available in the future.

Did you know that there are 21,235 computing jobs available in the State of New Jersey?  With only 1,535 computer science graduates and 165 schools that teach computer science in New Jersey, Delran would like to inspire more computer science college and career ready students.   DHS offers both CP Computer Science and  AP Computer Science and all students K-8 have computer skill development, including the use of Scratch at DMS.

Parents of all K-12 students were provided with information about Hour of Code and encouraged to participate with their children at home. Hour of Code Fact Sheet for Families December 2016

Students in all of our schools participated in Coding activities at school throughout the week. Hour of Code Activities throughout the district were coordinated by the district’s STEM programming co-coordinators, Mary Jo Hutchinson (K-12 Supervisor of Mathematics) and Erica DeMichele (K-12 Supervisor of Science) along with the Principals and Assistant Principals in each building. All students who participated received a personalized Hour of Code completion certificate.

  • Millbridge Elementary School (Grades K-2)
    • All students completed an online Lego coding activity during their Library class.
    • In addition, students at Millbridge participated in “unplugged” activities which support the logical thinking required for coding:
      • In PE, students practiced spatial thinking, design and engineering skills by building structures with Imagination Playground.
      • In Art, students created glyphs and transformed numerical sequence data determined by dice rolls into artistic representations.
      • In Music, students created musical compositions using instruments, made of assorted tubes at various lengths/widths.
  • Delran Intermediate School (Grades 3-5)
    • All students completed coding tutorials during two special area classes this week: Computers and Library.
    • Some 5th graders welcomed Computer Science professor Anita Wright as a special guest speaker and coded in the educational tool Alice 2.
  • Delran Middle School (Grades 6-8)
    • All students completed coding tutorials.
  • Delran High School (Grades 9-12)
    • All Freshmen completed coding tutorials during a special Activity Period schedule.
    • The Media Center was open to any Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors who wished to complete coding tutorials during all lunch periods during the week.