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Lancaster ISD joins mission to introduce students to computer science

Lancaster, TX/Lancaster ISD – Lancaster ISD is preparing its students for future careers by participating in the Hour of Code December 5, 2016 as part of the larger Computer Science Education Week December 5 – 9.

“All students throughout the district will be exposed to coding this week to raise awareness of and be exposed to careers in computer science,” Lancaster ISD Blended Learning Specialist Nicholas Keith said.

Computer science drives job growth and innovation throughout the economy and society. According to Code.org, computing occupations are the number one source of all new wages in the United States. In Texas, right now there are more than 37-thousand open computing jobs – more than three times the average demand rate in the state.

In addition, only 40% of Texas schools teach computer science even though 67% of all parents and 56% of all teachers in the state believe students should be required to learn computer science.

This is the district’s second year to participate in the Hour of Code event.

“The Hour of Code is designed to demystify code and show that computer science is not rocket science—anybody can learn the basics,” Hadi Partovi, founder and CEO of Code.org said. “More than 100 million students worldwide have tried an Hour of Code. The demand for relevant 21st Century computer science education crosses all borders and knows no boundaries.”

Through participating in coding events, Lancaster ISD students will engage in relevant learning that transcends a single subject.

“Computer science – and coding in particular – teaches children critical thinking, linear thought, trouble shooting and problem solving,” Keith said. “These are all things they need to do regardless of their chosen field.”

Lancaster ISD’s kickoff for the Day of Code on December 5 will include pep rallies, guest speakers and student led activities.