GCPS Coding Competition Announced

Last Updated on Oct 4, 2016 at 11:12am

Garrett County Public Schools (GCPS) will open registration for its Fall 2016 “See a Need - Make a Solution” coding competition at noon this Friday, October 7th. The competition is open to all fifth through twelfth grade students living in Garrett County. The contest will be broken into two divisions with one division for grades 5 through 8 and the other for grades 9 through 12. Winners for each division will be announced at Garrett County’s FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Qualifier on December 10.
The purpose of the competition is to encourage students to identify a need in their community that can be met through application of their computer programming or coding skills. Students can develop their solution through any coding language they choose including online tools such as Scratch and vCalc. Students can register individually or as a team of two.
According to Ms. Barbara Baker, Interim Superintendent, “Garrett County has taken a lead on the integration of coding in public school instruction throughout Maryland.” She continues “Garrett County schools are developing unique approaches to expose students to the benefits of coding which will better prepare them for their future success.” Code.org states that “there are currently 523,222 open computing jobs nationwide. Last year, only 42,969 computer science students graduated into the workforce.”
More information on how to register and specifics about the GCPS Coding Competition is available at garrettcountyschools.org/frc1629/fall-2016-gcps-gaco-coding-competition.
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