Computer science volunteers needed for annual Hour of Code initiative
Computer Science Education Week is Dec. 9-13, 2019, which means the annual Hour of Code Initiative, and the need for computer science volunteers, is quickly approaching.
For those that have not participated in the past, during Computer Science Education Week, Argonne’s Educational Programs and Outreach (DEP) sends out computer scientist role models to regional elementary, middle, and high schools to help students get excited about coding and careers in computer science. Last year 50 employees volunteered and DEP is hoping to beat that number this year.
DEP will try to match volunteers to schools based on their preferences. Once a volunteer is matched, DEP will help facilitate the communication between the volunteer and the teacher they will work with.
Volunteer responsibilities include:
- Travel to assigned school to serve as a computer science expert.
- Give a 10-minute presentation about computer science at Argonne and about yourself (DEP will provide a template for those who don’t already have one).
- Engage with students while they are participating in Hour of Code activities.
- The teacher will lead the students in a coding or computer science activity; volunteers are not expected to teach or facilitate any activity. Simply walk around the room engaging with students and help them with the activity if appropriate.
- DEP asks that volunteers donate a minimum of two hours to their assigned classroom or school.
Interested employees can register here to volunteer.
For questions, contact Jessica Burgess (DEP).