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MCPS Partners with SWIFT for an Hour of Code

December 13, 2021 - Last week, Manassas City Public Schools partnered with SWIFCheck presentationT to celebrate Computer Science Week with an “Hour of Code” at each of the division’s elementary schools. Through this partnership more than 3,000 students, in grades K-4, participated in a coding program lead by a SWIFT engineer. 

Each day of the week, a different elementary school experienced an Hour of Code from within their classroom. SWIFT engineers virtually visited each elementary school to walk students through a coding program called “Dance Party”. The students were engaged and involved. Not only did they enjoy creating their own code, but they also enjoyed helping their peers. Through the program, students selected backgrounds, characters, lights and music (through coding) to make their own choreographed dances.

Chris Taylor, supervisor of Career & Technical Education (CTE) for MCPS, oversaw the week’s events.

“We appreciate our partnership with SWIFT and are so grateful for all that they do to support our students and teachers!” she said.  

Additionally, SWIFT presented the Manassas City Public Schools Education Foundation a $5,000 check ($1,000 per elementary school) to show their continued support of STEM initiatives in elementary schools.

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