Welcome to Computer Science Education Week 2017!
This is CodeBrooklyn’s third year helping support, organize, and promote CS Education awareness events such as “Hour of Code” in Brooklyn schools.
A couple important #CSEdweek updates for Brooklyn school communities:
- This week we’re asking every school in Brooklyn to take a moment to give an update on where they are with their computer science education plans and, especially, where they need help. We ask that a principal, AP, tech coordinator, or teacher from each school in Brooklyn please complete this survey (one per school) about their current and future computer science education plans. We also want to collect your requests for support in areas such as professional development, curriculum, funding, and infrastructure (laptops, smart boards, tablets, networks, software, etc.)
- Did you know that this fiscal year the Brooklyn Borough President’s Office put $55 million in capital funding (“Reso A funding”) to support STEAM education? CSEd Week is a great time for your school community to get a jump on a grant application for next year — more info on how to apply along with the application itself can be found on the Brooklyn Borough President’s web site.
- We’d love to see some photos and posts from your CSEd week events. With the reminder to only post photos of students whose parents/guardians have signed a publicity release form, please post pictures or videos of your CS education events on social media with the hashtag #CodeBrooklyn.
- If you’ve not let us known what you’ve got planned for CSEd week activities, please do so ASAP. If you need help with your CSEd week, feel free to ask any questions you might have on the CodeBrooklyn Slack.
As a reminder, this spring we will be holding a Computer Science celebratory showcase at Brooklyn Borough Hall and inviting schools that do each of the following:
- Hold a CS Education awareness (e.g.,”Hour of Code”, hackathon, CS showcase, etc.) event this week or soon after, AND
- Share photos of their event on social media OR similarly share their event by inviting parents and members of the local community to join in person, AND
- Tell us about their school’s computer science education plans for beyond this week
Finally, CodeBrooklyn is putting out the call to the Brooklyn business community, especially those who work in technology, software engineering, and venture capital, to support efforts to expand CS Education in Brooklyn’s public schools. If you or anyone you know would like to support this crucial cause in our borough please send an email to email@example.com.
Have fun and happy coding!