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Foshay Tech Academy Tech Fair
By Sentinel News Service, [email protected]
Published October 30, 2015

The community is invited to come out and attend this event that will introduce youth to computer science

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Computer Science Education Week starts Monday, December 7th from  10am – 12pm at the Foshay Tech Academy in South Los Angeles. The Academy is hosting an Hour of Code event to inspire and engage community members. The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries.

The Tech Academy believes that computer science helps to develop 21st century skills to prepare them for college and careers. This event highlights the innovative work that is happening at the Foshay Tech Academy, where the majority of the students are Hispanic and Black and the first generation to attend college, as a way of showing what is possible and needed in schools throughout the Los Angeles area.

The Tech Fair will engage community members and middle school students to experience computer science through reviewing and interacting with seniors’ semester long projects that address or help solve an issue in the community. Sample projects include experimenting with e-textiles and Arduinos, a water conservation game, and gamifying school.

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In addition juniors will show off their games in JavaScript and sophomores will be available to help middle school students log in and participate in online Hour of Code tutorials. Following the tech fair there will be time for selected guests to speak to the importance of computer science education.

The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics. The Hour of Code is organized by Code.org, a public 501c3 non-profit dedicated to expanding participation in computer science by making it available in more schools, and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color. An unprecedented coalition of partners have come together to support the Hour of Code.

Students and teachers from the Foshay Tech Academy will be working in collaboration with Code.org; leaders from LAUSD, UCLA and industry will also be in attendance.  The event will consist of:

10am – 11am – Tech Fair – guests are invited to interact with students and their projects

11:00 – 11:30 — Presentation and comments from community leaders

11:30 – noon — Reception

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Foshay Learning Center is located at 3751 S. Harvard Blvd in Los Angeles. To attend the event please RSVP at www.eventbrite.com.

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