NYC Public School Students Lead Interactive Workshop on “Scratch” Coding
NEW YORK—Chancellor Carmen Fariña and First Lady Chirlane McCray today joined 6th graders from M.S. 223, The Laboratory School of Finance and Technology, for a student-led, interactive workshop on coding as part of Internet Week New York.
The Laboratory School of Finance and Technology is one of 18 middle and high schools across the City participating in the Department of Education’s Software Engineering Pilot (SEP), a comprehensive education program that aims to bring a computer science and software engineering curriculum into more public schools. Through the schools’ participation, hundreds of students across the City are introduced to authentic learning opportunities that will better prepare them for jobs of the future. In celebration of Internet Week New York, students today took the opportunity to showcase the skills and knowledge gained from the program.
“Ensuring our students are prepared for the exciting technology jobs of today and tomorrow is crucial, and this educational foundation starts in our classrooms,” said Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña. “Hands-on and project-based learning adds tremendous value to a child’s academic growth, and is essential for long term academic success. The collaboration and critical thinking skills the students exhibited today are crucial both in and out of the classroom.”
“This program – the Software and Engineering Pilot – is teaching you new ways to express yourself. And that’s valuable. It gives you tangible skills that can help you get a job and take you places,” said First Lady Chirlane McCray.
Currently, the SEP program serves students in grades 6 and 9, next fall, the Department of Education, with support from the NYC Foundation for Computer Science Education (CSNYC), will double the number of students participating in the SEP from 1,400 to 2,800 students and expand to grades 7 and 9. The program offers a core curriculum in the following areas: computer programming, robotics, web design and development, physical computing and e-textiles, and mobile computing. As it grows, the program will provide schools with structured full-year courses, including a core computer science curriculum and elective topics designed to develop students’ technical and creative skills, which may include computer-aided design, 3D graphics, digital fabrication, and animation. SEP students will also have the opportunity to participate in work-based experiences with major industry leaders and partners.