Computer science education is taking over, one student at a time. Shawn Szturma, a Somerville resident, parent, and employee at Cambridge-based Pegasystems, has helped kickstart a revolution in Somerville, Mass. by bringing CS education to the forefront. With the help of Charlie LaFauci, Supervisor of Library Media Services at Somerville Public Schools, Shawn helped bring the Hour of Code to Somerville to stress the importance of computer science and STEM in our schools. This has earned Shawn and Charlie a MassTLC Distinguished Leadership Award for their contributions to STEM in the community.
The Hour of Code is now implemented in Somerville’s annual curriculum, bringing coding to over 4,600 students with the help of around 150 volunteers. And Somerville students have already kicked off 2015’s Hour of Code with a bang, looking forward to Computer Science Education Week 2015 (December 7 — 13).
Join the STEM revolution! Get involved:
- Get ready for the Hour of Code with this year’s Minecraft-inspired tutorial.
- Volunteer at Somerville Public Schools for an Hour of Code
- Try an Hour of Code
Looking for more coding opportunities? Find more coding tools and resources for students, parents, and educators at microsoft.com/hourofcode.
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