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As part of a global effort to spark interest in computer programing, Northwestern University partnered with School District 65 elementary schools for the second annual “Hour of Code” initiative.
Northwestern graduate student volunteers from various departments, including chemistry, engineering and computer science, helped facilitate the activities by assisting teachers and working with students.
“Virtually every field these days involves computing, so introducing students to coding at a young age is a great way to get them excited about pursuing this skill both in and out of school,” said Dr. Kemi Jona, director of the Office of STEM Education Partnerships and professor of learning sciences and computer science at Northwestern.
The coding event was also supported by Professor Larry Birnbaum, head of Northwestern’s Computer Science program and by Professor Julio Ottino, dean of the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
“The coding activities engaged students through creativity and problem solving and will infuse the science and engineering practices that are a critical part of the Next Generation Science Standards, the new Illinois learning standards for science,” said District 65 STEM Director Jesch Reyes.