New “Hour of Code” Events to Teach Basics of Computer Coding/Programming
The Hour of Code is coming to Broward County Libraries (BCL) during National Computer Science Education Week, celebrated December 9-15, 2013. Throughout the week, nine BCL locations will hold events and computer classes that cover the basics of computer coding and programming. Events will be held for children, teens and adults; all are free and open to the public.
|Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg; Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates|
What is the Hour of Code?
The Hour of Code initiative encourages students of all ages to explore computer coding and consider a career in computer science. According to Code.org, the number of computer science jobs available is growing three times faster than the number of computer science graduates. At the current rate, there will be more than one million computer jobs unfilled in the year 2020.
“Our policy at Facebook is literally to hire as many talented engineers as we can find,” Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg recently stated. “There just aren't enough people who are trained and have these skills today.”
For students interested in a career in computer science, finding training in the field can be difficult. Currently, 90% of U.S. schools do not teach computer science, so there is a real need for computer science education that is practical and applicable. Hour of Code events are a great place to start. Even for those headed for other professions can benefit from the skills learned in Hour of Code. Skeptical? Just ask Bill Gates.
“Learning to write programs stretches your mind, and helps you think better,” says Gates. “[It] creates a way of thinking about things that I think is helpful in all domains.”
Hour of Code Events
4 to 5 p.m., South Regional/Broward College Library
6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Pompano Beach Library
4 to 5 p.m., ages 10-18, South Regional/Broward College Library
6 to 7 p.m., Weston Library
6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Teens, Miramar Branch Library & Education Center
11 a.m. to 12 Noon, Weston Library
4 to 5 p.m., Main Library
4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Middle School Students, African-American Research Library and Cultural Center
11 a.m. to 12 Noon, North Regional/Broward College Library
2 to 3 p.m., Southwest Regional Library
2 to 5 p.m., West Regional Library
3 to 4 p.m., Miramar Branch Library & Education Center
Free Computer Classes @ Your Library
Learn more and get tech-savvy at free computer classes @ your library. From basic computer literacy to advanced courses in Microsoft Excel, Word and more, the library has classes for every level, need and interest. Computer classes are held in library locations countywide and are scheduled conveniently during days, nights and weekends. For more information and to locate a computer class, please visit Broward County Library’s Events & Classes page. Classes offered include: