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Bay Haven Elementary students to participate in ‘Hour of Code’ Dec. 5-12

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Bay Haven Hour of Code kids 2015-16

CRACKING THE CODE: Bay Haven students Charles Mills, at left, and McKinley Parisi participate in the Hour of Code in 2015.

SARASOTA, Nov. 29, 2016 – All 600 students at Bay Haven School of Basics Plus are joining one of the world’s largest learning events, the “Hour of Code,” throughout Computer Science Education Week, Dec. 5-9, and on Monday, Dec. 12. Last year Bay Haven students wrote over 30,000 lines of computer programming code with the help of parent volunteers, New College of Florida faculty and students, and a local entrepreneur. This year, in addition to teaming up with New College, Bay Haven is also partnering with the Microsoft Store at University Town Center.

Hour of Code is sponsored by code.org, a nonprofit organization supported by the technology industry, including Microsoft, Google and Facebook. Launched in 2013, nearly 300 million students in over 180 countries have participated in the Hour of Code. The initiative seeks to encourage people of all ages, including elementary school students, to study computer science. Hour of Code also strives for increased participation by women and by minorities that are underrepresented in the field.

Bay Haven is at the forefront of this movement in Sarasota County, offering teacher training to help more district schools be a part of the project. Among the other district schools participating in the Hour of Code this year are Englewood, Gulf Gate and Lamarque elementary schools. Pine View School, which also hosted a training session for teachers, will participate as well.

“Nine out of 10 parents want their kids to learn computer science, yet only one in four schools across the country is teaching it,” said Bay Haven Principal Chad Erickson. “Our school and our partners are helping to meet this need in Sarasota County.”

Bay Haven will host a kick-off assembly at 2:30 and 3 p.m., Friday, Dec. 2, in the school cafeteria. The following week, Dec. 5-9, and on Monday, Dec. 12, students in all Bay Haven classes will participate in code-writing activities. Bay Haven is in session from 9:30 a.m. to 3:50 p.m.

Bay Haven School of Basics Plus is located at 2901 W. Tamiami Circle, Sarasota.

 

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