Thousands of county students from all grade levels will vie for $20,000 worth of technology as part of the statewide and worldwide Hour of Code challenge to promote computer programming during Computer Science Education Week (December 8-14).

From self-guided programming tutorials to using Chromebooks and Code Studio curricula and various programming language software, educators at 31 county schools have developed creative plans to expose their students to the computer coding experience and careers in computer science.

“This is a prime example of how STEM allows for creativity among our teachers and students,” said Superintendent of Schools George Arlotto. “This initiative exposes students to opportunities beyond the textbook, affording them real connections to their interests and a critical career area where they can make a difference.”

The school with the most engaging implementation of Hour of Code activities will win $10,000 in classroom technology from national nonprofit code.org, which offers the award to one school in each state, with other incentives for international participants. The initiative aims to reach 100 million people around the globe.

In addition, the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) plans to award another $10,000 in technology to a public school that ensures every student has at least one hour of computer coding experience next week. The state award is possible through a generous sponsorship by the Northrop Grumman Corporation in coordination with the BWI Business Partnership.

Schools participating in the 2014 Hour of Code:

Arnold Elementary School
Bodkin Elementary School
Central Elementary School
Four Seasons Elementary School
George Cromwell Elementary School
Georgetown East Elementary School
Hilltop Elementary School
Jones Elementary School
Linthicum Elementary School
Meade Heights Elementary School
North Glen Elementary School
Park Elementary School
Pasadena Elementary School
Van Bokkelen Elementary School
Waugh Chapel Elementary School
West Annapolis Elementary School

Annapolis Middle School
Central Middle School
Crofton Middle School
George Fox Middle School
Old Mill Middle School South
Severna Park Middle School

Arundel High School
Chesapeake High School
Glen Burnie High School
Meade High School
North County High School
Severna Park High School
South River High School

Chesapeake Science Point Public Charter School
Monarch Global Academy