National STEM Event Comes to Augusta

December 2, 2016|

By Kelsey Morrow

Computers are everywhere, changing every industry on the planet, but fewer than half of all schools teach computer science.

The and A.R. Johnson Health Science and Engineering Magnet School seek to change this.

This year, 30 local students at A.R. Johnson Health Science and Engineering Magnet School are joining with the to participate a national learning event known as the Hour of Code. The Augusta event will take place on Wednesday, December 7 at the, located at 540 Telfair St., with students rotating in groups of 10 for one-hour sessions from 9 to 10 a.m., 10 to 11 a.m. and 11 a.m. to noon.

The Hour of Code program began in December 2014 when President Barack Obama kicked off this national campaign by becoming the first president to write a line of code. Since then, more than 100 partners nationwide have joined together to support this movement.

“Hour of Code events happen around the world and around the country to reinforce the great opportunities that computer science activities can provide for students,” Grace Belangia, Executive Director of Hack Augusta, the non-profit that manages the, said. “We’re looking forward to expanding our programs here in Augusta at the to include more of these types of events year around.”

To learn more about the, including the Hour of Code and future events, visit their website,


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