2020 Computer Science Education Week – APS Hour of Code

APS encourages and supports the integration of computer science throughout the entire school year, and we dedicate the month of December to celebrating the fun of coding!

Join us for our 2020 Computer Science Education Week which provides an opportunity to participate in the worldwide celebration of the “Hour of Code!” (more info: www.hourofcode.com) Our week of activities will offer a variety of coding and programming activities for students in grades PreK-8th grade and their families.

Search the hashtag #APScodes2020 on Twitter to see more activities that are happening during the Month of Code.

2020 virtual activities for Computer Science Education Week: For more information about our virtual events  #APScodes2020 Brochure

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Fireside Chat

Kick-Off Event Chat with Tiffany Norwood (Entrepreneur, Founder, and CEO of Tribetan), Atleacia Gibson (CEO and Founder of LOTTA Tech), and Charles B. Randolph (Ninth grade student at Wakefield High School, future engineer and inventor.)

Tiffany Norwood: In the 1990s, Tiffany Norwood did something that no other entrepreneur has done since -she raised over $670 million dollars to fund a startup. She was 27 at the time, and that money was used to build the first-ever global digital radio platform, launch three satellites into space and support the development of MP3/MP4. She even got to work with Nelson Mandela. As one of the first successful black female tech entrepreneurs, Ms. Norwood’s career has spanned 52 countries, 35 years, 7 startups, and a patent. In her fireside chat, Tiffany will share her unique and unbelievable story; the importance of computer science for everyone; why storytelling, collaboration, and imagination are primary skills–and teach us all “The Power of We.”

Monday, 12/07: 7:00-8:00p.m.

Audience: All (Teachers & K-12th Grade Students)

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Vex VR with NOVA SySTEMic

This session will introduce the Python programming language within the context of the VEX VR programming environment. Activities will focus on using introductory Python concepts to create programs that will allow a virtual robot to complete a collection of challenges.

Tuesday, 12/08:6:00-7:00p.m.

Audience: Middle School & High School Students

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Creative Coding with Sr. Padilla in Spanish

¿Quieres aprender cómo puedes codificar utilizando BrainPOP? Acompaña al Sr. Padilla para repasar el ciclo del agua y ver cómo podemos crear una conversación y añadir sonidos en tu escena. || Do you want to learn how you can code using BrainPOP? Join Mr. Padilla to review the water cycle and see how we can create a conversation and add sounds to your scene.

Tuesday, 12/08: 6:30-7:30p.m.

Audience: K-5th Grade students and Teachers

*Language*- Spanish

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Vex VR with NOVA SySTEMic

This session will introduce the Python programming language within the context of the VEX VR programming environment. Activities will focus on using introductory Python concepts to create programs that will allow a virtual robot to complete a collection of challenges.

Wednesday, 12/09: 6:00-7:00p.m.

Audience: Middle School & High School Students

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Tinkercad Codeblocks with Mr. Jones:

Do you like 3D modeling and coding? If so, join Mr. Jones to learn about how you can create simple designs inspired by nature that can be engraved, turned into vinyl decals, or 3D printed. You’ll also learn how you can turn your design into an animated gif that you can share with friends or family.

Wednesday, 12/09: 6:00-6:30p.m.

Audience: Teachers & 2nd-12th Grade students

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VR with Mr. Randolph

Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR)! These groundbreaking technologies have burst into the world of education. This “Hour of Code” session will show you basic skills and understandings of VR/AR and how the technology can be used in your classrooms.

Thursday, 12/10: 6:00-6:30p.m.

Audience: All (Teachers & K-12th Grade Students)

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Unplugged Coding Activity with USPTO

United States Patent and Trademark Office volunteers will facilitate a session that does not require an application.

Thursday, 12/10: Time-TBD

Audience: VPI-5th Grade

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VEX VR Block Coding Environment with Robert Dudek
Using VEX block programming similar to Scratch, we will program our robots to clean up a coral reef and crash a castle.

Friday, 12/11: 6:00pm-7:00pm

Audience: Middle School Students

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How will you code? Meet Brian Hanley 

Do you like playing video games, designing websites, and coding? If so, join us for a 30 minute session with Brian Hanley. You will learn how to turn your passion into your profession!

Friday, 12/11: 6:00p.m.-6:30p.m.

Audience: All (Teachers & K-12 students)

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#APScodes2020 Student Site

Students: interested in learning more about coding at home? Visit our Student Coding site! This site provides independent practice opportunities for students which include unplugged activities and coding exploration for all ability levels.


We would like to thank all of the 2020 volunteers for making this yearly event possible: Tiffany Norwood, Atleacia Gibson, NOVA SySTEMic, Steven Jones, Charles Randolph, Wilfredo Padilla, and many APS staff members and student mentors. For ways to get involved with this annual event in Arlington Public Schools, please contact the STEM Specialist: rosalita.santiago@apsva.us

How will you code? APS Virtual Hour of Code 2020 Event Flyer: 2020 CSEd week flyer and Spanish 2020 CSEd Week Flyer