Posted: Friday, December 6, 2013

Southside High Wins $10,000 for Teaching Students How to Code

Southside High School is the only school in South Carolina selected to receive a $10,000 grant from Code.org to purchase computer equipment for the school. The check will be presented on Thursday, December 12 at 5:30 p.m. during a special Hour of Code Community Event.

According to statistics, 90 percent of American schools don’t teach computer science. Fewer students are learning how computers work than a decade ago. Most students never try it, girls and minorities are severely underrepresented, and yet technology is increasingly shaping almost every aspect of how we live our lives.

That’s why every one of the 825 students at Southside High School is joining the largest international education event in history: The Hour of Code. During Computer Science Education Week, December 9 through 15, every Southside student will spend an hour learning computer science and using online tutorials featuring Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Angry Birds. This movement, organized by Code.org and supported by Apple, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and over 100 others, is a statement that today’s generation of students is ready to learn critical skills for 21st century success.

The community is invited to participate in the Hour of Code Community Event on Thursday, December 12 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. This exciting, interactive event will include displays, presentations, and hands-on computer lab activities for middle and high school students, faculty, parents, and community members. Come out to see the Rubik’s Cube-solving robot, the Frisbee-throwing robot, and other exciting displays. No experience necessary!

For more information about the Hour of Code Campaign, watch this short video clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKIu9yen5nc.

Contact: Carlos Brooks, Principal, phone: (864) 355-8700
When: December 9-15 during Computer Science Education Week. The kickoff presentation is on Thursday, December 12 at 5:30 p.m. A speaker will share the importance of bringing computer science into schools and present a $10,000 check to Southside for computers.
Where: Southside High School, 6630 Frontage at White Horse Road, Greenville, SC 29605

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