The week of December 6th BGCWPA Career Works High students celebrated Computer Science Education Week, which is “an annual call to action to inspire K-12 students to learn computer science, advocate for equity in computer science education, and celebrate the contributions of students, teachers, and partners to the field,” according to https://www.csedweek.org/

Lead by our partners at Accenture, Career Works High youth participated both virtually and in-person in an Hour of Code, where youth practice basic coding skills to learn about writing and manipulating code. Youth participated in the Hour of Code Star Wars module to solve puzzles such as how to move Star Wars character BB-8 around a field to collect scrap metals. 

Youth spent their time testing out different block code sequences to manipulate BB-8’s location. They progressed through fifteen levels of the challenge. They then taught back their strategies to the Accenture volunteers to test their knowledge. Youth also discussed the many ways that coding is involved in discrete technologies in our world, such as electric cars and even computerized refrigerators!

We’re so grateful to our partner Accenture for leading this activity and supporting our youth on their path to learn more about coding among other areas of STEM!

Career Works High is one track of our Career Works program which also houses our signature PPG Artificial Intelligence Pathways Institute and Career Work Tech track  focused on providing and connecting our youth to STEM focused apprenticeships. Find out more by visiting our STEM page!