RE: Hour of Code
- From: Blake Coleman <blake@...>
- To: "users@..." <users@...>
- Subject: RE: Hour of Code
- Date: Tue, 3 Dec 2013 15:40:04 +0000
- Accept-language: en-US
To piggyback off of what Glen has said we need a lot of support shown to
Southside High School. FGP Tech partnered with Southside High School to
participate in the Hour of Code. Tom worked some magic and the faculty and
students agreed to 100% participation for the Hour of Code during Computer
Science Week and Southside High School won for the state of South Carolina!
Now we need to rally around the students of Southside High School and reward
them for their efforts. This is a great thing that they are doing and we
hope it catches on across the Upstate. If you, your company, or someone you
know is interested in assisting us please reach out to me ASAP...
Southside High School – Hour of Code – Release for FGP Tech:
You’ve probably heard the growing cries stressing the importance of STEM
(Science, Technology Engineering, and Mathematics) majors, but did you know
that the predicted number of jobs within the IT space is more than all other
STEM majors combined? What if we told you that 90% of all schools do not
even teach Computer Science? Couple those two things with the fact that in
2010 the Bureau of Labor and Statistics predicted that IT careers would grow
by a minimum of 22% and a very unfortunate picture has been painted; more IT
jobs and less IT talent.
The team at FGP Tech decided that we needed to do more than just find talent
for current openings, we needed to do more to cultivate future IT talent! Of
course, this starts at the K-12 levels. We joined the Computer Science
Teachers Association (CSTA) and decided that we would try to make an impact
by aiding Upstate schools and teachers. Well, a funny thing happened along
the way, we learned about a national initiative called Hour of Code that was
set to take place during Computer Science Education Week (December 9-15,
So what is Hour of Code? It is a one-hour introduction to coding geared to
anyone ages 6 and up that is organized by Code.org and aimed at getting
10,000,000+ participants nationwide. Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and all
the technology powerhouses are involved in promoting it. And the best part,
there is also a competition arm where one school from every state can win a
class-set of computers and up to $10K to spend at DonorsChoose.org. We
thought that this would be the perfect platform for an Upstate school to
rally behind and found the perfect partner with Southside High School and the
head of the AP Computer Science program, Tom Rogers.
We jumped into action with the help of a graduate student from Clemson
(Darryl McCune). Tom worked with his Principal and fellow Southside High
School teachers to get it approved. We submitted a plan that would achieve
100% school participation and also have a community event. And then the best
thing actually happened, Southside High School WON for the state of South
Tom and Darryl have worked on how we will implement the Hour of Code plan
within the classroom setting, and we have the date set for the community
event to be held on Thursday 12/12 from 5:30-7:30 at Southside High School.
The community event will feature computer science themed art work from
students, tables where current HS CS students will display their Android apps
that they have built, an area robotics team, a participatory learning mat,
area colleges/schools, two opportunities to participate in the Hour of Code,
companies utilizing technology to propel their businesses, and information on
IT career paths from FGP Tech. There will also be 3 speakers (Blake Coleman
from FGP Tech, a representative from IToLogy, and a Professor from Clemson)
that will cover different topics that relate to why kids should get into an
IT career path. The event is open to anyone interested in attending.
Here is where we need your help!!
• Company Participants for the Community Event: On 12/12 from 5:30-7:30 we
want to highlight 15 companies with a table to show how they use IT in their
businesses. We would love to have a variety of businesses from BI to Mobile
App Development, Interactive to Disaster Recovery, etc. No monetary
contributions are required; just organizations willing to man tables and show
how you leverage IT within your business. Currently this is the most pressing
need that we have so if your company is interested in assisting please let us
• Volunteers for the classroom activity: There are 30+ classrooms at
Southside High School, and early Thursday afternoon we will be doing an
activity that exposes everyone to a logic activity that relates to coding. We
will need people to help guide the classrooms through the activity.
• Help in promoting the community event and Southside High School’s win: We
would love to see Southside High School get a lot of recognition for this. If
you want to participate, or just think this is a great cause, please share
this information on your company websites, newsletters, social media, etc. We
hope to encourage other schools across the Upstate to participate next year
(which Tom, Darryl and FGP Tech will gladly assist them with). We also want
to make sure that the community event has a good turnout, which won’t happen
unless we get some help in spreading the word.
It would be a huge help if you could assist us in getting the word out.
Please encourage anyone that is interested in helping out in any way to
please reach out to Blake Coleman or any other member of the FGP Tech team.
We do not need to wait 7 years to start addressing a problem that already
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From: Glen Peterson [mailto:glen@...]
Sent: Tuesday, December 03, 2013 10:12 AM
To: GreenJUG General
Subject: Hour of Code
Only one week left to organize an hour of code somewhere. Looks like I'll be
teaching an hour a day next week at Landrum High School. I encourage you all
to participate at a high school near you. Just call them up and talk to
whoever does "Computer Science" at that school.
In Landrum, "Computer Science" teaches students how to use Word and Excel.
There have to be several future programmers there who just haven't been
exposed to programming yet. Next week I'm going to do my part to change
that. I hope others decide to participate as well. No computers are
necessary - cup stacking programming exercises are available.
Glen K. Peterson
Hour of Code
RE: Hour of Code