IEEE Computer Society Hosts ‘Hour of Code' Event in Washington, DC

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 12 December 2013  IEEE Computer Society, along with Microsoft, AthleTECH, and District of Columbia Public Schools will be holding a Lunch N Learn Computer Science Carnival as part of the Hour of Code.

The carnival will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 13 December at the McKinley Technology Education Campus, 51 T St. NE in Washington, DC.

McKinley Technology High School Principal Louise Jones and STEM Coordinator Melanie Miscount have organized the event as a way for students in all grade levels to participate in CSEd Week. Students will also be able to peruse vendor exhibits in the cafeteria.

The Hour of Code is an opportunity for every student to try computer science for one hour during Computer Science Education Week (9-15 Dec.). So far, more than 10 million students in 170 countries have been exposed to programming through an Hour of Code, together writing well over a quarter of a billion lines of code. According to Code.org, the nonprofit dedicated to promoting computer science education, more students have participated in computer science in US schools in the last three days than in the last 100 years. More than half of them are girls.

Code.org believes every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer programming, and that computer science should be part of the core curriculum in education, alongside other STEM courses, such as biology, physics, chemistry and algebra.

Computer Science Education Week is an annual celebration in recognition of the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Hopper (9 December 1906). It was established by ACM and the Computer Science Teachers Assn., along with founding partners Anita Borg Institute, ACM, College Board, Computing Research Association, IEEE Computer Society, Google, Microsoft, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, National Center for Women & Information Technology, National Science Teachers Association, and SAS. For more information, visit: http://csedweek.org/.

About IEEE Computer Society

IEEE Computer Society is the world's leading computing membership organization and the trusted information and career-development source for a global workforce of technology leaders including: professors, researchers, software engineers, IT professionals, employers, and students. The unmatched source for technology information, inspiration, and collaboration, the IEEE Computer Society is the source that computing professionals trust to provide high-quality, state-of-the-art information on an on-demand basis. The Computer Society provides a wide range of forums for top minds to come together, including technical conferencespublications, and a comprehensive digital library, unique training webinarsprofessional training, and the TechLeader Training Partner Program to help organizations increase their staff's technical knowledge and expertise, as well as the personalized information tool myComputer. To find out more about the community for technology leaders, visit http://www.computer.org.

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