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Winners announced for CS Ed Week awards


2 schools received the $10,000 award from for plans to add more computer science to their offerings and celebrating CS Education Week. Clarmont Middle School and Maree G Farring Elementary sumbitted the winning applications.

claremont and maree g

7 schools received a $1,000 award from MCCE for school-wide CS Education Week events that welcomed community members to come and see what's so great about computer science.

seven schools won prizes

Here are some quotes from participants that included school board members, local business professionals, PTA members and Delegate David Hidalgo

"I loved it! Especially Dance Party!"

 “I was blown away with all that goes into building a robot. From the idea, the design, the coding, to the functionality. Just amazing what these students are creating.”

“I need to bookmark this website so I can keep coding at home. I can still do this at home, right? It’s so much fun!”

“It was neat seeing the kids learning from each other and working together “

"The students were totally engaged in the Happy Maps coding activity.  I was so impressed by the deep level of thinking and problem solving the students were doing as they worked together."

"Such a cool visit today to see what the K-5 students of the coding program at Twinbrook ES have been working on, led by Media Specialist Natalie Shelton.  Thank you for proving kids with the opportunity for coding education, and thank you to Community School Liason, Tanya Aguilar for the invitation..."

Student quotes:

"There were many different activities that we did and I even was lucky to win a prize!  I had a great time!” 

 “I had fun learning about all sorts of computer science related stuff.”


CS ED week highlights from all over Maryland

Prince George's County Public Schools held their 3rd annual district wide Level Up with Code night on Monday evening, December 5. With hundreds of students in attendance, current Prince George's County High School students led activities and provided inspiration for younger students to get coding in their breakout rooms. 


Anne Arundel County hosted a Computer Science Showcase on Tuesday night, December 6 at Arundel High School. Enthusiastic high school students were demonstrating a variety of CS projects they have developed. One game that students created with an Arduino involved a great amount of programming and troubleshooting that they were happy to describe to enquiring participants. 

Wednesday morning, 12/7, Baltimore City Public Schools held a panel discussion with 5 panelists who described their pathways to computing careers, two from Baltimore City Public schools. They also provided insights into what they actually do, the skills they need, and the pros and cons of their jobs. It was an inspiring morning!

Howard County Superintendent, Dr. Michael J. Martirano, visited students across the county who showed the many ways they code in every school. Grade level ideas were distributed to schools and families


Hood College Education majors demonstrated how they are bringing CS into local classrooms. Read more about their work in a December article in the Frederick News Post

Dianne O'Grady-Cunniff, dogrady at usmd dot edu
Director, Maryland Center for Computing Education

Dr. Megean Garvin, mgarvin at usmd dot edu
Director of Research, Maryland Center for Computing Education

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MCCE received initial support from the National Science Foundation, (MSP)2 Grant No. 0831970.