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North Salem Schools Join Mission To Introduce Students To Computer Science

Pequenakonck Elementary School students and students from North Salem Middle School join the initiative to participate in the Hour of Code in celebration of Computer Science Week.
Pequenakonck Elementary School students and students from North Salem Middle School join the initiative to participate in the Hour of Code in celebration of Computer Science Week. Photo Credit: Contributed
Students work on their laptops.
Students work on their laptops. Photo Credit: Contributed
Students work through a series of self-guided tutorials.
Students work through a series of self-guided tutorials. Photo Credit: Contributed
As part of the workshop, games are also worked on.
As part of the workshop, games are also worked on. Photo Credit: Contributed
The initiative is part of World Science Week.
The initiative is part of World Science Week. Photo Credit: Contributed
Students work together collectively in the library.
Students work together collectively in the library. Photo Credit: Contributed
Students work together on projects.
Students work together on projects. Photo Credit: Contributed
Students work in the library.
Students work in the library. Photo Credit: Contributed
Students working on the initative.
Students working on the initative. Photo Credit: Contributed
A student works on a play lab puzzle.
A student works on a play lab puzzle. Photo Credit: Contributed
Puzzles and games were part of the program.
Puzzles and games were part of the program. Photo Credit: Contributed

NORTH SALEM, N.Y. -- More than 300 of Pequenakonck Elementary School students and students from North Salem Middle School will join more than one million students world-wide to participate in the Hour of Code in celebration of Computer Science Week during Monday, Dec. 8 through Sunday, Dec. 14.

The Hour of Code, organized by the nonprofit Code.org and more than 100 other organizations, "is a statement that today’s generation of students is ready to learn critical skills for 21st century success."

Throughout the week, participants of all levels from more than 150 countries will work through a series of self-guided tutorials and games.  At Pequenakonck, students gather after school to participate in robotics and other STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) activities. Also, this year the Middle School began an after-school Coding Club where students have honed programming skills through Code.org as well through Google's new guided program CS First. Students range from complete beginners to others who are ready to create their first app or game.  High school students, teachers and administrators are also encouraged to participate in the Hour of Code during free periods, lunch and after school.

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