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University Prep Schools Celebrates International “Hour of Code” with Students
Detroit charter school system recognizes Computer Science Education Week with coding activities
Detroit, Mich. (December 10, 2014) – University Prep Schools, one of Detroit’s longest-standing charter school systems, will host “Hour of Code” events within both of its districts at University Prep Academy Middle School (UPA M.S.) on Thursday, Dec. 11 and University Prep Science& Math High School (UPSM H.S.) throughout the week of Dec. 8 through Dec. 12. A global endeavor, there are currently 65,013 of these events scheduled to take place this year in an effort to bring awareness to the importance of computer science.
Although both districts will be engaged in the movement, each school will offer its own supplemental features. UPA M.S. has partnered with Kidpreneur – a Michigan-based organization that provides kids classes on how to code, program robots and design websites – to help its 250 seventh and eighth graders perform hands-on activities and write code in place of math for the day. Additionally, Marlin Page, founder of Sister Code, a global social enterprise, will host a discussion for UPA parents on the importance of coding and how to better engage students in science, technology, engineering, arts and math fields. In its second year of participation, UPSM H.S. will host the hour for all of its 395 students within each of their computer classes throughout the week. The high school is writing a computer game based on the Disney film, “Frozen,” which is the same program that President Obama created on Monday, Dec. 8, in celebration of the movement. Both districts will also be using drag-and-drop programming to make their own Flappy Bird game, and then customize it to look different (Flappy Shark, Flappy Santa, etc.).
“Despite the fact that this is University Prep Academy’s first year participating in the campaign, our students are already eager to jump in and learn the basics of coding,” said Aisha Scott, principal of University Prep Academy Middle School. “Computer science helps nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity, and it’s an invaluable skill for these kids to have as they move toward successful careers in any field.” Continue reading