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Union Hill participates in national computer science initiative

Students in Michelle Riley's fourth-grade class at Union Hill School particpate in the Hour of Code, a national initiave by Code.org, a nonprofit dedicated to increasing the presence of computer science in schools.
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The first- through eighth-grade classes at Union Hill School participated in the national Hour of Code this week. The project, promoted by nonprofit organization Code.org, is designed to help develop interest in computer science education, according to its website.

“The Hour of Code introduces students to computer programming, which is a great skill as it uses logic, reasoning and problem-solving. In 10 years, there is a need for 1.4 million programmers, and our country will fall short by 1 million,” wrote teacher Michelle Riley in an email to The Union.

Riley is the technology teacher at Union Hill School and said she plans to integrate computer science into her curriculum, beyond this week’s activities.

“This will enable our students to be more computer literate at an early age. Hopefully, they may even choose to pursue programming into high school and college,” she added.

As of Wednesday afternoon, 8,696,712 students have done the Hour of Code and written 260,865,535 lines of code, according to Code.org.

The initiative asked schools, teachers and parents across the country to help introduce more than 10 million students of all ages to computer programming during Computer Science Education Week, Dec. 9-15.

The organization also received support for the effort from multiple organizations and individuals, including Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Apple, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Reid Hoffman and Jack Dorsey, according to a statement about the Hour of Code.

The national organization’s mission is to grow computer science education by making it available in more schools, and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color. Their vision is that computer science should be part of the core curriculum in education, alongside other science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) courses, according to Code.org.

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