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Schools to participate in Hour of Code as part of Imagine Tomorrow Spotlight Days

Chesterfield County Public Schools

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Dr. James Lane, Chesterfield county school Superintendent

Chesterfield County students will stop, drop and code next week as part of the national Hour of Code event happening in all schools throughout the county.

In an effort to promote creativity, technology awareness and career-readiness skills through its Imagine Tomorrow Spotlight Days, computer science-related learning opportunities are planned for students throughout the week.

“We want to create engaging, hands-on instructional environments for our students to expand their skills through authentic learning experiences,” Superintendent Dr. James Lane said. “By participating in activities like Hour of Code, we are introducing our students to new ideas while making learning fun and enjoyable. Through the Imagine Tomorrow Spotlight Days, we are giving our students new opportunities and tools to solve real-world problems.”

The school division’s Imagine Tomorrow Spotlight Days are designed to reinforce the 21st century skills of critical thinking, collaboration, creativity and effective communication while enhancing student engagement through relevant, hands-on learning opportunities. This week’s Hour of Code movement is a global movement reaching more than 100 million students in more than 180 countries. In celebration of Computer Science Education Week, the Hour of Code will take place across all Chesterfield County schools from Dec. 4-10.

An emphasis on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) learning has been at the forefront in Chesterfield County schools throughout the last several years as a part of the school division’s strategic innovation plan. School leaders understand the importance of these disciplines and continue to look for new and innovative ways to get students excited and learning. There is a significant workforce gap in the computer science and technology field. There are more than 500,000 computing jobs open nationwide, but last year only 42,969 computer science students graduated into the workforce, and computer science is the number one source of wages in the country.

“Throughout next week, school leaders and teachers have been encouraged to integrate 21st century technology teaching-and-learning tools, create project-based learning opportunities and infuse community service projects in four designated days,” said School Board Chair Dr. Javaid Siddiqi. “Our students are our future workforce, and programs like this are providing students the exposure to this field and sparking an interest in technology and computer science.”

Below are some of the ways Chesterfield County schools are participating in the Hour of Code:

Falling Creek Elementary will hold an Hour of Code family night from 6-7:30 p.m. Dec. 7.
Marguerite Christian Elementary students will be participating in coding activities that will involve creating Star Wars computer games.
Spring Run Elementary will have various activities happening in its STEAM resource class including robot board games, Scratch Jr. on Kindles, Ozobots and more throughout the week.
Swift Creek Middle students from various career and technical education courses have been trained as peer mentors who will go into classrooms to deliver coding lessons on Dec. 6-7.
Tomahawk Creek students will incorporate coding into social studies, English, science and health classes. Students will create their own Google logo, compete in a Robot Rattle and create a capital city in Minecraft.
Career and Technical Center @ Courthouse’s automotive students will be coding a track to train and race cars. In addition, a special guest speaker from Capital One will speak with students about coding and assist the students with writing a computer code to simulate technology used in vehicle-collision avoidance systems.
Midlothian High designed an interactive coding experience for all students to participate in through their math classes.

Throughout the school year, Chesterfield County Public Schools will hold three additional Imagine Tomorrow Spotlight Days to celebrate Digital Learning Day, Earth Day and Creativity Day.

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