Bruce Museum branches out with Hour of Code

The Bruce Museum is bringing its knowledge and expertise beyond the museum walls next week to participate in Hour of Code, the “largest learning event in history” according to the worldwide teaching program’s official website.

Museum educators will be hitting the streets to teach computer skills to Greenwich children as young as third grade.

“Education is an important part of our charter,” said Robin Jones, the museum’s Zvi Grunberg Resident Intern and initiator of the museum’s participation in Hour of Code. “We are big supporters of STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) education. We see Hour of Code as a great way to connect with students, and to share our expertise in something we believe is very important.”

Hour of Code is a worldwide teaching program designed by computer science advocates who believe that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science. Hour of Code organizers point out that although computer science drives innovation in the U.S. economy and society, there are still 25 states in the United States where computer science courses are not taken seriously, and can not even be counted toward high school graduation, including Connecticut.

Hour of Code takes place the week of Dec. 8 to 12, and the Bruce will be participating at area schools during and into the following week.

“So many schools took us up on our offer we couldn’t fit them all into one week.” Ms. Jones said.

Over the two-week period in December Ms. Jones will teach 20 one-hour-long sessions at five different schools in Greenwich: Cos Cob School, Whitby School, Glenville School, Eastern Middle School and Greenwich Catholic. But there’s always room for more, and the Bruce Museum invites interested local educators to contact it to set up their own Hour of Code session. Email Robin Jones at [email protected] or call 203-413-6747 for more information.

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