Women in IT CoP helps make Hour of Code a success

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    Amy Brooks (ITS) and Lawton Elementary students enjoy coding together. (Amy Brooks)

Because of the exceptional efforts of the Women in IT Community of Practice, the University of Michigan, and Thomson Reuters, elementary school students in Ann Arbor Public Schools got an introduction to coding during the 2017 Hour of Code event, November 27–December 8.

The result of their combined work:

  • 80 volunteers signed up to support
  • 72 volunteers assigned to classrooms
  • 111 class sessions of Hour of Code reached over 2,700 elementary students

The top three schools with the most participation by student population each received a plaque made by Huron High School Project Lead the Way students and several Sphero mini robots to continue practicing their coding. The winners were: Angell Elementary, Bach Elementary, and Lawton Elementary.

The Women in IT CoP spearheaded U-M’s participation and recruited partners from LSA Information Technology, the College of Engineering, Girls Encoded, and more. The efforts of our members to have other campus units and organizations support the event enabled us to have students, staff, and faculty volunteers in classrooms all over Ann Arbor.

Code.org® is a non-profit dedicated to expanding access to computer science and increasing participation by women and underrepresented minorities. Code.org organizes the annual Hour of Code campaign, which has engaged 10% of all students in the world and provides the leading curriculum for K-12 computer science in the largest school districts in the United States. Please consider joining us next year!

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Author: Kelly Doonan-Reed, School of Nursing

Kelly is a business system analyst senior with the School of Nursing and a member of the Women in IT CoP. You can reach her at kellydr@umich.edu.