Education and Early Childhood Development
December 4, 2018

Computer Science Education Week Celebrated Across the Province

In recognition of Computer Science Education Week, students throughout the province are participating in a number of activities, including Hour of Code. Educators are encouraged to involve students in this global initiative, as coding activities serve to empower students to create, communicate, collaborate and problem solve.

In April 2018, the Provincial Government announced a partnership with Brilliant Labs to provide youth in grades K-12 with hands-on participation in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) focused activities. A total of $425,000 has been provided to encourage innovation among youth through increased exposure to coding and participation in youth technology experience programs. This includes funding for professional learning, and two new teaching units. In addition, computer science materials have also been distributed to 50 schools to date.

This partnership aligns with key initiatives of The Way Forward on Technology, the Premier’s Task Force on Improving Educational Outcomes and the Education Action Plan. Supporting and promoting computer science education also delivers on commitments of The Way Forward to strengthen the province’s economic foundation and deliver better services and better outcomes for residents. The Way Forward outlines all actions the Provincial Government is taking to achieve a strong, diversified province with a high standard of living, and can be viewed at thewayforward.gov.nl.ca.

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“Through our Education Action Plan and other new initiatives we are encouraging innovators, problem solvers and leaders to use and develop advanced, leading edge technology. There are so many initiatives happening in our schools during Computer Science Education Week. I commend our students and educators for becoming involved and enhancing their technology skills with increased exposure to coding and participation in youth technology experience programs.”
Honourable Al Hawkins
Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development

“Computer Science Week is a great way to celebrate past and current innovations in computer science and inspire the next generation of computer scientists who will help problem solve some of our biggest societal challenges. This week helps demystify coding, making it more accessible to all and raising awareness about its importance for our young people as they consider future careers in robotics, research, space exploration, cyber security, energy, autonomous vehicles, and all other technologies.”
Jeff Willson
Executive Director of Brilliant Labs

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Media contacts
Tina Coffey
Education and Early Childhood Development
709-729-1906, 728-8650
tcoffey@gov.nl.ca

Jeff Willson
Brilliant Labs
506-442-9059
jeff@brilliantlabs.ca

2018 12 04                              10:35 a.m.