CODE WEEK CELEBRATION

CHELMSFORD PUBLIC SCHOOLS CODE WEEK CELEBRATION

Students will experience the thrill of coding

Chelmsford, MA– From December 7th and December 13th, students will experience the thrill of coding during Chelmsford’s 2015 Hour of Code Celebration!

During the week, students will have the opportunity to further their learning of the basics of computer science. Computers are everywhere, and these basics help nurture creativity, problem-solving skills, and prepare our students for any future career. Students in grades 1 through 8 will be participating in the code week event. At Chelmsford High School, students will be invited to the library for coding activities.

According to Executive Director of Technology and Information, Anne-Marie Fiore, “last May, the Chelmsford Public Schools was chosen by Code.org to launch a partnership which will expand our current teaching of coding to Kindergarten. The partnership will provide teachers with professional development to help students in grades K-5 learn about computer science in a format that is fun and accessible.”

Teaching students how to code augments their skill set, whether they are college or career bound,” Superintendent Jay Lang said. “In an economy that is growing with digital computing technologies, coding is a crucial skill; one that all students should have an opportunity to learn”, stated Lang.

We hope you join us. For more information on the Hour of Code, please visit http://www.hourofcode.org

Located in the heart of the Merrimack Valley, the Chelmsford Public Schools cultivates inspired, creative, and well-rounded lifelong learners who possess the integrity and self-direction necessary to be contributing community members. Recognized as a model district for digital learning by the White House; the Chelmsford Public Schools is . For more information, please visit us at: www.chelmsford.k12.ma.us

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Anne-Marie Fiore at 978.251.5100 or email at fiorea@chelmsford.k12.ma.us.

3M CORPORATION GRANT FOR PROJECT LEAD THE WAY

CHELMSFORD, MA – The 3M Corporation recently allocated $3,400 to the Chelmsford Public Schools Project Lead the Way (PLTW) initiative. This year’s award is one of the most timely the organization has received.

“These funds will go to support our ability to provide students in grade 6 with PLTW: Introduction to Computer Science,” said Anne-Marie Fiore, Executive Director of Technology and Information for the Chelmsford Public Schools. “With a Project Lead the Way curriculum, students get rigorous and relevant experiences through activity-, project-, and problem-based learning. They use industry-leading technology to solve problems while gaining skills in communication, collaboration, critical-thinking, and creativity.”

Grants were awarded by 3M to support PLTW programs. Last year, the Chelmsford Public Schools received a grant to supply the PLTW classes at Parker and McCarthy Middle Schools with a 3D printer.

“This is the second year we’ve received funds from 3M,” Fiore said. “This grant will help defray some of the costs involved in creating a new middle school computer science program.”

PLTW is a strong foundation for STEM learning in middle school and beyond, challenging students to solve real-world challenges. Using the same advanced software and tools as those used by the world’s leading companies, students learn how to apply math, science, technology, and engineering to their everyday lives.

About the Chelmsford Public Schools
Located in the heart of the Merrimack Valley, the Chelmsford Public Schools cultivates inspired, creative, and well-rounded lifelong learners who possess the integrity and self-direction necessary to be contributing community members. Recognized by the White House as a model district for digital learning; the Chelmsford Public Schools is #FutureReady. For more information, please visit us at: www.chelmsford.k12.ma.us

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