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DOE announces new software program

Six Queens schools chosen for pilot

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Posted: Thursday, February 28, 2013 10:30 am

Twenty city middle and high schools, including six in Queens, have been chosen to take part in the new computer science program focusing on software engineering.

The curriculum, announced by Mayor Bloomberg at his State of the City address earlier this year, will kick off in the 20 schools in September.

The six schools in the borough that will take part in the pilot program are: the Queens Vocational & Technical High School in Sunnyside; MS 74 in Bayside; JHS 185 in Flushing; Pathways College Preparatory School and the Cambria Heights Academy, both in Hollis and JHS 157 in Forest Hills. They were selected through a competitive application process that evaluated the schools’ current technology offerings and how the program could help grow and sustain the programming.

The schools will receive a comprehensive computer science and software engineering curriculum for the 1,000 students this fall. By 2016, the program will grow to 3,500 students. In the first year, the core topics to be taught include computer programming, embedded electronics, web design and programming, e-textiles, robotics and mobile computing. There will also be elective classes offered in digital fabrication, 3-D printing and animation.

Bloomberg said the program is aimed at preparing city students for careers in the technology sector.

“We know it’s vital to prepare our children to succeed in an increasingly technology-centered economy and the software engineering pilot will help us do just that,” he said. “This groundbreaking program will ensure that more students receive computer science and software engineering instruction so that they can compete for the tech jobs that are increasingly becoming a part of our city’s economy. We’re creating the home-grown workforce our city needs and teaching our students skills that will open up new doors for them and their future.”

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