• St. Charles County Celebrates Computer Science Week 2020 & Hour of Code

    ST. CHARLES COUNTY, MO (Dec. 7, 2020) --- For the past 20 years, the Economic Development Council (EDC) of St. Charles County has been a proud supporter of local STEM initiatives. During this year's Computer Science Education Week (December 7 – 13), schools and organizations throughout the community will host Hour of Code events to showcase the importance of computer coding and careers in computer science.
     
    “One of the many lessons during the COVID-19 pandemic has been the importance of people of all ages and all walks of life having access to, and understanding, computers and virtual technology,” said EDC President & CEO Scott J. Drachnik. “Just consider all the things more of us are doing virtually this year, including education, remote work, healthcare visits, shopping, interacting with friends, and more. This online trend is only expected to increase.”
     
    According to its official website, Computer Science Education Week (#CSEdWeek) is a call to action to inspire K-12 students to learn computer science, advocate for equity in computer science education, and celebrate the contributions of students, teachers, and partners in the field.
     
    Hour of Code events (#HourofCode) held throughout Computer Science Education Week will encourage students and adults to learn more about computer programming, or coding. Employers and educators have pointed to coding as an essential skill in our increasingly digital world. One-hour, self-guided tutorials are available online for people of all ages and skill levels, from beginner to more advanced coders. Free coding resources in over 45 languages are online at the Hour of Code website.

    To help promote and foster STEM efforts in St. Charles County, the EDC holds a monthly STEM Education Committee meeting that includes educators from public and private schools districts, institutions of higher learning, social service agencies, and business leaders.

     
    Working together, this group and others have helped start more than 100 robotics teams for students in the community, launched popular STEM Camps, and recognized outstanding STEM students during Missouri STEM Week.

    A number of committee members are holding official Hour of Code events this week.  Locations include:

    • Wabash Elementary (Wentzville School District)
    • Fort Zumwalt West High School (O’Fallon School District)
    • Discovery Elementary (St. Charles School District)
    • Lutheran High School in St. Peters
    • Immanuel Lutheran School in St. Charles
    • Christian School District in O’Fallon
    “Public and private schools in St. Charles County have put tremendous emphasis on providing the curriculum, technology, and resources to help our students learn twenty-first century competencies in computer skills starting in pre-school and all the way through high school,” said Dr. Curtis Cain, Wentzville School District Superintendent and a leader on the STEM Education Committee. “Computer science education, coding, and being comfortable working with technology and virtual environments is something we also want to encourage the families of our students --- and literally everyone in the community --- to experience and embrace.”

    To learn more about participating with the EDC on STEM education efforts in St. Charles County, contact Stacey Ross.
     
    To learn more about Computer Science Education Week, visit: https://www.csedweek.org/
     
    To learn more about the Hour of Code, visit: https://hourofcode.com/us
     
    To learn more about coding, visit: https://code.org/.

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