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Mamaroneck, Larchmont Get Involved In Recognizing 'Hour Of Code'

First-grade students take on a game involving coding.
First-grade students take on a game involving coding. Photo Credit: Contributed
Mamaroneck High School work on puzzles and coding.
Mamaroneck High School work on puzzles and coding. Photo Credit: Contributed

MAMARONECK, N.Y. -- In recognition of the growing importance of coding as a fundamental 21st century skill, the Villages of Larchmont and Mamaroneck and the Town of Mamaroneck are authoring resolutions recognizing the “Hour of Code: Computer Science Education Week” from Monday, Dec. 8 to Sunday, Dec. 14.

Across the community – in schools and at libraries – thousands of youth will be participating in the “Hour of Code” -- the world’s largest learning event in history, promoted by Code.org . The event’s goal is to have 100 million youth worldwide spend at least one hour learning how to code.  Starting next week, there will be an explosion of opportunities for youth to try coding. On iPads, in computer labs, as part of math classes, during small brown bag lunch sessions, in full class lessons and even during nighttime parent workshops, students and families will have numerous opportunities to explore the power of coding.  Jigar Jadav, computer science teacher at Mamaroneck High School sees Hour of Code as one of the best ways to introduce inexperienced and uncertain beginners to the basics of coding so they can see the ease of the skills, the playfulness of computer science logic and the myriad of ways that these skills can enhance their own passions.

The learning will extend beyond December as tech assistants at the elementary schools and Jadav at the high school expand after-school offerings and grow new classroom ideas.  Beyond the schools, both local libraries are offering free coding workshops led by Lee Wexler, a local parent & STEM Alliance member. Details are as follows:

Larchmont Public Library Hour of Code Workshop, Wednesday: Dec. 10  from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Grades 6 to 12. Registration required. Visit larchmontlibrary.org to register. Mamaroneck Public Library Hour of Code Workshop: Thursday, Dec. 11 from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. for grades five through 12. Registration required. Contact Ellen McTyre in the Teen Library to reserve your spot. 914-630-5875. Limit of 10 students.

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