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SCHOOLS Take Innovative Approach Introducing Students to Computer Science

Computers are everywhere, but fewer schools teach computer science than 10 years ago. Girls and minorities are severely underrepresented. The good news is, we're on our way to changing this. In one week last year, 15 million students tried computer science! Computer science was on homepages of Google, MSN, Yahoo!, and Disney. President Obama, Shakira, and Ashton Kutcher all kicked off the Hour of Code with videos. More than 100 partners came together to support this movement.

Now the Hour of Code movement is aiming for 100 million students. That's why every one of the 2,700 students at the five schools in the Groton-Dunstable Regional School District are joining in on the largest learning event in history: The Hour of Code on December 8 during Computer Science Education Week. Students and staff at Groton-Dunstable decided to do something innovative. More than 30 high school students and staff traveling to district elementary and middle schools to assist classroom teachers and work with students in grades K-8 on activities during the morning of December 8. After returning to the Groton-Dunstable High School, upwards of 45 students and teachers will be hosting different activities which students from throughout the building attended. This unique combination of students teaching students is what made this event successful in 2014, and is making it even bigger in 2015.

The Hour of Code, organized by the nonprofit Code.org and more than 100 others, is a statement that today's generation of students are ready to learn critical skills for 21st century success. For more information abour Hour of Code visit: code.org.

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