Handley Celebrating Computer Science Education Week with Area Schools

Handley Celebrating Computer Science Education Week with Area Schools

In a new community partnership with the Winchester Public Schools' Metrics program, the Handley Youth Services Department is excited to celebrate Computer Science Education Week.

From December 6-11, the library will be providing free programs and services to inspire K-12 students to learn computer science, advocate for equity in computer science education, and celebrate the contributions of local students, teachers, and partners to the field. Students and teachers can interact with a librarian curated computer science booklist for grades K-8 and suggest new titles to expand the library's computer science collection.

The library has been increasing its STEAM-based programming to align with the community's needs. Families are invited to participate in the ages 5+ Makerspace Monday program on December 6 at 4:00 PM where they will be challenged to complete multiple coding activities, as well. Click here to register.

Then patrons can check out the numerous materials the library has that support coding and debugging techniques. Be on the lookout in 2022 for more ways Metrics and Handley Library will be partnering together to continue to advocate for computer science education in the Winchester area.

Metrics is a whole school immersion approach to computer science integrated across the curriculum into the daily classroom and real-world experiences to boost traditionally underrepresented, high-need student aspirations, attainment, and achievement. Winchester is one of ten public schools in the country to receive the coveted Education Innovation and Research Early-Phase grant from the U.S. Department of Education. This $4 million innovation and research grant supports two K-4 elementary schools in WPS, John Kerr Elementary and Garland Quarles Elementary for the next five years. Through the Metrics program, students will have an immersive experience with computer science and computational thinking which are driving the 21st-century economy.