SPARTA, NJ- During Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek), December 9 -15, the Sparta Middle School 8th grade STEM students joined 5 million students, in 34,000 classrooms, across 167 countries, in the "Hour of Code".  Students were exposed to the engaging world of computer science. 

STEM is the acronym for  Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

Using self-guided tutorials, students learned basic concepts of computer science and programming.  The "Hour of Code" also offered live video chats with tech celebrities like Bill Gates.

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Sparta Middle School Principal, Doug Layman explains, “The national Hour of Code project provided an opportunity for millions of students, including many at SMS, to learn the basic elements of computer programming.  I believe that through this experience our students (and teachers) came to understand that learning to program, or code, is possible with practice and can be fun too.”

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