Posted: Monday, December 16, 2013
Southside High Wins $10,000 from Code.org
Representatives from Southside High School and the district were on hand to receive a $10,000 check from Code.org during the school’s Hour of Code community event. Southside is the only school in South Carolina selected to receive the grant, which will be used to purchase computer equipment.
The Hour of Code community event was held during Computer Science Education Week December 9-15. Parents, students, and the community participated in hands-on activities including learning how to create an Android App, finding out why they should pursue an IT career, and learning about the impact of computing on health. Students showed off their computing and coding skills as they demonstrated a Rubik’s Cube-solving robot and a Frisbee-throwing robot. Representatives from colleges, camps, clubs, and companies were on hand to encourage students to pursue careers in IT and computer programming fields.
The Hour of Code is an international event to encourage students to learn code. According to recently-released statistics, 7.9 million students participated in the event, with more students studying computer science in US schools in one week than in the last 10 years combined.