MANCHESTER – Senator Maggie Hassan today visited Southside Middle School, where she met with students engaging in project-based learning in coding as part of Computer Science Education Week and highlighted the importance of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education to ensuring that New Hampshire’s students are prepared to succeed in the 21st century innovation economy.
Joined by Principal Jennifer Gillis and Superintendent of Manchester School District Dr. Bolgen Vargas, Senator Hassan met with students in a Computer Tech class and Media Science class.
“A well-rounded education with a particular focus on science, technology, engineering, and math is critical to ensuring that our young people are prepared to excel in the 21st century economy,” Senator Hassan said. “By engaging students with project-based learning, Southside Middle School is helping our young people understand the importance of coding and other modern technologies that are critical to success in a wide range of careers in the innovation economy.”
As Governor of New Hampshire, Senator Hassan created a STEM Task Force to make recommendations for modernizing STEM education in New Hampshire’s schools. Senator Hassan has continued efforts to strengthen STEM education and increase participation in the STEM fields in the U.S. Senate by cosponsoring the STEM Opportunities Act to improve the inclusion of women, minorities, and people who experience disabilities in STEM careers.
Computer Science Education week is from December 4-10, 2017, and is dedicated to inspiring K-12 students to take an interest in computer science. As part of Computer Science Education Week, Hour of Code is organized by Code.org and is a global movement designed to introduce students to computer science and careers within the field.