Hour of Code Celebrations

“Computer Science is electricity for your brain!”
Answer by a 1st grader when asked what is Computer Science.

Connections adding brain electricity in Houston:

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I celebrated Computer Science Education week both as an AAUW Member and a Code.org Affiliate. It started by picking up a proclamation celebrating CS Ed Week from Anise Parker, the Mayor of Houston. The big event was a reception at Schlumberger. Code Clubs from Hamilton M.S., HISD; Clifton M.S., HISD; DeZavala Elem., HISD; Crockett M.S., FBISD; Quail Valley M.S., FBISD demonstrated skills. AAUW and Code.org Teachers taught how to make binary bead bracelets and code a Bee-Bot. I continued my outreach at Spring Branch ISD Memorial HS and Woodview ES, Houston ISD Piney Point ES and Kolter ES. A friend, Marti Daniel won the $10,000 prize from Code.org and the Houston ISD partnership with code.org was announced.

Computer Science Education Week Proclamation
American Association of University Women
Houston and West Harris County Branches

WHEREAS, today, women fill close to half of all jobs in the U.S. economy but hold less than 25 percent of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) jobs; and,

WHEREAS, the American Association of University Women (AAUW), founded in 1881, is an organization that serves as the nation’s leading voice in promoting equity and education for women and girls; and,

WHEREAS, according to a 2010 research report by the AAUW, negative stereotypes and gender bias in the school climate are barriers that continue to block women and girl’s progress in STEM; and,

WHEREAS, in a world increasingly dependent on technology, computer science is crucial for every student;

WHEREAS, each year, Computer Science Education Week is celebrated in December in observance of Grace Murray Hopper, a major female contributor to computer science, and to call attention to the need for improving and strengthening computer science education. During the week of December 8-14, 2014 the AAUW Houston will host a Hour of Code for women and girls to education them about computer science for one hour; and

WHEREAS, the City of Houston is a strong supporter of STEM initiatives and commends the American Association of University Women Houston for its leadership in STEM Education,

THEREFORE, I, Annise D.Parker, Mayor of the City of Houston, hereby proclaim December 8–14, 2014, COMPUTER SCIENCE EDUCATION WEEK.

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