The Reading Public Schools students and teachers will participate in Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 7-13). Under the direction of the Reading Technology Integration Specialists and Library Media Specialists students and staff will take part in an Hour of Code. The Hour of Code is an introduction to computer science designed to demystify computing code and show that anyone can learn the basics to be a maker, a creator, and an innovator. In addition, students from the high school will visit and mentor middle school students and students from middle schools will work and mentor the elementary school students.
Computer Science Education Week is dedicated to showing students of all ages the importance of computer science and to introducing them to computational thinking. It is organized by the Computing in the Core Coalition and Code.org in early December each year to recognize the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper,born on Dec. 9, 1906. This year, the Commonwealth Alliance for Information Technology Education (CAITE) and the MassTLC Education Foundation have provided buttons and posters to encourage schools and organizations in Massachusetts to participate and engage as many students as possible in computer science and coding activities.