Hour of Code

Words: Jacob Mauer

The Hour of Code Maryland Contest is back in 2015. This is a contest created by the Maryland State Department of Education,  where a $10,000 of technology donation to the public school that ensures that every student has a minimum one hour of coding experience during Computer Science Education Week (December 7-13).

Donation funds are provided by The Northrop Grumman Corporation, an American global aerospace and defense technology company. Jack Smith, the Maryland Interim State Superintendent of Schools, said that the contest is intended to help students prepare for careers in demand while having fun doing so through games and puzzles based around coding.

According to the Maryland public schools website over 4,500 students were enrolled in computer science and information technology courses over the 2014-15 school year. That year the winning school was Old Mill Middle School South in Anne Arundel County.

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