HONOLULU – Ewa Elementary received a $10,000 award today from Code.org, a non-profit organization dedicated to expanding access to computer science learning through an Hour of Code. The money will go towards purchases of devices by the school to help increase student access to and interest in computer science and technology.
"Learning how to use technology and about computer science is key in our efforts to boost college, career, and community readiness for our keiki," said Deputy Superintendent Stephen Schatz. "Computer Science is about more than learning to code, it offers experiences that hone skills such as troubleshooting, deeper thinking, teamwork and resilience."
One public school in every U.S. state and Washington D.C. receives this $10,000 award each year after pledging to host a school-wide Hour of Code. (In 2014, Iao Intermediate won, and Hale Kula Elementary won in the program's inaugural year in 2013). Ewa Elementary plans to purchase more than two dozen laptop computers for students to use in its digital learning programs.
The award is presented during Computer Science Education Week, which runs from December 7 through 13. During this week, millions of students in over 180 countries receive a free one-hour introduction to computer science to help stimulate interest and learning. More than 130 Hawaii public schools are participating with individual classroom or school-wide events. For more details, please visit hourofcode.com/us.
About the Hawaii State Department of Education
The Hawaii State Department of Education is the ninth-largest U.S. school district and the only statewide educational system in the country. It is comprised of 256 schools and 34 charter schools, and serves more than 180,000 students. King Kamehameha III established Hawaii's public school system in 1840. To learn more, visit HawaiiPublicSchools.org.