Programs Tap Family Engagement for K-5 Computer Science Education
(Mill Valley, CA – December 5, 2016) The White House today announced new commitments to computer science education from numerous organizations, including a commitment by Family Code Night to distribute its Event Kit to every public school in the largest state and the third largest school District in the U.S.
In California, the Family Code Night Event Kit will be distributed to every elementary school principal in the state by the Elementary Education Council of ACSA (the Association of California School Administrators), while in Chicago the District’s Computer Science for All program will distribute the Kit to all principals in the Chicago Public Schools District. All program materials are provided free, thanks to a grant from Capital One.
“We’re thrilled at the groundswell of schools’ adoption of the Family Code Night event,” said Family Code Night Director John Pearce. “Our mission is to build family engagement into a national force in K-5 computer science education, and these are big steps in that direction.”
Family Code Night is the free, whole-school family event, at which children K-5 and their parents do their first hour of coding, together. The Family Code Night experience is a high-impact delight: when parents and children start to learn to code together, pairing up to tackle fun self-paced coding puzzles from Code.org, surrounded by their school community of friends and other families in the school auditorium or gym, the effect is dramatic. The Family Code Night Event Kit has everything a school needs to host their own Family Code Night event, including Presenter’s Script, posters, participant handouts, invitations, slidedeck, and links to the program’s puzzles and videos.