Hour of Code for Newark Public Schools

Organized by Seth Wainer, who works in the City of Newark as a Senior Tech Policy Advisor, this initiative introduces kids in the Newark Public Schools to computer science. Volunteer to teach at this event on either December 10th or the 11th.


What is Hour of Code

It’s a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify “code” and show that anyone can learn the basics to be a maker, a creator, an innovator. It is a self-guided activity that every student, in every classroom, can do. No experience needed.

Know a thing or two about coding? Volunteer to help teach HTML basics using Code Academy to Newark Public School students on December 10th or 11th. Just fill out the form to volunteer.  Don’t worry, you don’t need to be a pro and you will be teamed up with a partner.


Volunteer to Teach an Hour of Code

If you want to volunteer to teach an Hour of Code, fill out this form on the event page. Organized by the Computing in the Core coalition and Code.org, CSEdWeek is held in recognition of the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (December 9, 1906).


Why Hour of Code

Computer science is a foundational field for every 21st century career or field of study. Learning the basics of computer science prepares students for a world that is increasingly dominated by technology. Research shows that students who study computer science also perform better at math.

Besides, computer science is where the jobs are. More than 50% of all jobs in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) are computing jobs. Some other stats:

  • Computer science is one of the highest-paid college degree for new graduates.
  • Computer programming jobs are growing at two times the national average — but there aren’t enough graduates to fill these jobs.
  • Nine out of 10 K-12 schools do not offer computer programming classes.
  • In 35 out of 50 states, computer science does not even count toward high school graduation.