Arkansas Department of Education Division of Elementary and Secondary Education #ARKidsCanCode / #RISEArkansas Announcement for Computer Science Education Week 2019

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COM-20-067
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12/11/2019
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The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) Office of Computer Science is pleased to announce the continuation of its cross initiative program supporting both the Arkansas Computer Science (#ARKidsCanCode / #CSforAR) and Arkansas Reading Initiatives (#RISEArkansas). In the first two years of this program approximately 900 K-8 public school libraries received coding devices and coding related books. For 2019, additional computer science and computing related books will be distributed to public school libraries around the state. 


“My co-author, Dr. Cassie Barlow, and I are so proud of this project,” says Sue Norrod, co-author of Journey Through The Unified Field. “Our book has a strong female character role model and helps girls see themselves engaging in careers such as cyber security while understanding the science of the world around them. We are happy that the Arkansas Computer Science Initiative has chosen it as one of the books being provided to libraries across the state, and we know that Arkansas students will find Emma’s story entertaining and engaging.”


Public school libraries that serve students in any combination of grades K-5 will receive a copy of Who Says Women Can't Be Computer Programmers: The Story of Ada Lovelace, Hello Ruby: Adventures in Coding, Secret Coders Volume #1, and Journey Through The Unified Field.

 

Public school libraries that serve students in any combination of grades 5-8 will receive a copy of Secret Coders Volume #1 and Journey Through The Unified Field.


Who Says Women Can't Be Computer Programmers: The Story of Ada Lovelace was selected by First Lady Susan Hutchinson who stated, “Kids of all ages – from pre-readers to high-schoolers – can learn to code, which helps visualize abstract concepts, apply knowledge to real-world situations, and makes learning fun and creative! Coding teaches important academic skills and builds crucial soft skills like perseverance and organization which applies to so many things in life.  Who says Women can’t be Computer Programmers: The Story of Ada Lovelace, reminds us that dreams and imaginations can often help guide future careers and also that girls have the power to be anything they want to be! Especially within fields of science, math, technology, and engineering.”

 

The books, purchased with funding provided under Governor Asa Hutchinson's Arkansas Computer Science and Computing Initiative, will be mailed directly from the ADE Office of Computer Science to public school libraries over the next few weeks.


This is Computer Science Education Week; Arkansas is releasing a new Computer Science related announcement and/or commitment each day of this week. For a full listing of the announcements as they are made please visit the ADE Computer Science Webpages at: http://bit.ly/ARCSedWeek 


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