Monday, December 9, 2013

LASD Joins Hour of Code

This week (December 9th-13th) is Computer Science Education Week, a week dedicated to showing students K-12 the importance of computer science education.  Organized by with the goal to get 10 million students of all ages (and adults) to participate in the hour of code.  

According to, "90% of K-12 schools in the U.S. do not teach computer science."  Los Altos School District, thanks to funding from LAEF, is fortunate enough to be in the 10% of U.S. Schools that are offering every student the opportunity to learn computational thinking through the STEM and CSTEM program.

During this week every LASD student will be given opportunities to engage in activities that will teach them to code.  A big thank you to all of our teachers that are making “Hour of Code” a reality across the district.

Here are a few sample lessons/activities being planned across our district this week

This week would be a great time to ask your child about what they have learned.  Perhaps you can help stretch the “Hour of Code” by engaging in some coding fun as a family.

To learn more about the the LASD STEM program, take a look at two articles written and published just this week by Sheena Vaidyanathan, CSTEM Teacher:
"Everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer…because it teaches you how to think."- Steve Jobs

Contributed by: Alyssa Gallagher, Director of Strategic Initiatives & Community Partnerships

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