The Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) Office of Charter Schools in partnership with Microsoft will introduce more than 350 elementary and middle school students to computer science as part of the global Hour of Code initiative. The event coincides with Computer Science Education Week, December 5-11, 2016.
Almost all charter schools authorized by DPSCD will participate in the activity. A total of 12 schools will use Skype to take part in a one-hour code session taught by a Microsoft developer on Friday, December 9, 2016 at 9:15 a.m.
In addition, 25 students from Hamilton Academy were selected to visit the Microsoft Technology Center (MTC) in Southfield, MI. These 25 students were winners of a DPSCD-sponsored essay contest, and will receive a personalized hour of code session immediately following the Skype session. While at MTC, the students will also get a tour of the center, giving them exposure to some of the new, cutting-edge trends in the technology space.
Schools participating in the Skype session include: David Ellis Academy; GEE Edmonson Academy; GEE White Academy; MacDowell Preparatory Academy; Martin Luther King Jr. Education Center; New Paradigm Glazer Academy; New Paradigm Loving Academy; Pathways Academy; Ross-Hill Academy; Rutherford Winans Academy, Timbuktu Academy and Escuela Avancemos! Academy.
Technology professionals from General Motors, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, STEM Girl, Wayne County Community College District and other organizations will visit all the schools to speak with students about careers in technology, engineering and design.
The Hour of Code, organized by the nonprofit Code.org and over 100 others, is a global movement that believes the students of today are ready to learn critical skills for 21st century success.