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Pulaski Street School students engage in worldwide event as part of Computer Science Education Week

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The week of Dec. 4 is Computer Science Education Week — and local elementary students are taking part in it by joining students across the world in learning how to write computer code.

Students at the Pulaski Street School celebrated Computer Science Education Week by participating in the global event known as an Hour of Code. Pulaski’s fifth- and sixth-grade students joined students in more than 180 countries to learn about the importance and the applications of computer coding.

According to the Hour of Code website “every student should have the opportunity to learn computer science. It helps nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity. By starting early, students will have a foundation for success in any 21st-century career path.”

As part of the event, Pulaski students watched a short video explaining the importance of learning to code and then practiced their coding skills. Under the instruction of computer science teacher Jeffrey Almonaitis, students composed computer codes using various educational coding platforms including Code.org.

“Coding is an important skill for students to learn,” Almonaitis agreed. “The future is in computer coding.”

Source: Press release issued by Riverhead Central School District dated Dec. 7, 2017.