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For Immediate Release:
December 09, 2013
Media Contact:
Ingrid Gonzalez
ingridg@miamidade.gov
305-375-5511

Commissioner Juan C. Zapata to participate in Code Fest Miami


Miami, FL – Commissioner Juan C. Zapata, The LAB Miami, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College, Florida International University, and the Beacon Council, inspired by Code.org, will be hosting “Code Fest Miami” during Computer Science Education Week, December 9-15, 2013.  Code.org, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting computer science education, has a nationwide campaign calling on every K-12 student in America to participate in an "Hour of Code." The initiative asks schools, teachers and parents across the country to help introduce more than 10 million students of all ages to computer programming during Computer Science Education Week. 

Throughout the week, Miami-Dade County Public Schools students are invited to participate in several in-school activities, online contests, and workshops at LAB Miami and FIU, all geared around giving students the opportunity to write a computer program.
Code Fest Miami Weekend Schedule:
• MIT App Inventor -  December 13, 2013, from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM at Miami-Dade College Wolfson Campus (300 NE 2nd Ave, Building 7, Miami, FL 33132) http://tinyurl.com/MDCEnTec
• Scratch Team Challenge - December 14, 2013, from 12:00 – 4:00 PM at LAB Miami (400 NW 26th St., Miami, FL 33127) http://tinyurl.com/LabMiamiCodeFest
• Grand Finale, Scratch Team Challenge - December 15, 2013, from 2:00 – 5:00 PM at Florida International University’s Wertheim Conservatory (11200 SW 8th St., Miami, FL 33199) http://codefestmiami13atFIU.eventbrite.com

For further information on how students can learn how to code, go to http://code.org/learn/beyond.