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Katie Dion
TAG Education Collaborative
Senior Director, Programs and Partnerships
kdion@tagonline.org

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ATLANTA (December 14, 2016) The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) and its charitable organization, TAG Education Collaborative (TAG-Ed), partnered again this year with Code.org to present the third annual Georgia Day of Code as part of Computer Science Education Week, on December 9th to encourage participation in Code.org’s Hour of Code throughout the state.

“Our goal with Georgia Day of Code is to raise awareness about the importance of computer science education and the opportunities for students that exist when they develop coding as a skill set,” said Michael Robertson, Executive Director of TAG-Ed.

Georgia teachers, students, individuals, and companies were strongly encouraged to participate in the Hour of Code through Code.org this year on December 9, 2016. Hour of Code is an introduction to computer science designed to show that anyone can learn the basics of coding. Code.org provides hour-long tutorials featuring Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Star Wars, Frozen and more.  These tutorials are equipped for computers, tablets, smartphones, or no computer at all.

Code.org tracks pre-registered coding events throughout the world and Georgia had over 1300 events representing schools, classrooms, companies and organizations that were all taking part in Hour of Code.

Congressman Barry Loudermilk addressed the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington D.C. stating, “Georgia’s Day of Code, during Computer Science Education Week is a great way to place coding in the public eye.  We must continue to promote this important vocation and engage in our communities to advance technology development.”

To learn more about Hour of Code visit code.org. To learn more about Georgia Day of Code and the TAG Educational Collaborative visit www.tagedonline.org/Georgia-day-of-code.

About The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG)

TAG is the leading technology industry association in the state, serving more than 35,000 members through regional chapters in Metro Atlanta, Athens, Augusta, Columbus, Macon/Middle Georgia, and Savannah. TAG’s mission is to educate, promote, and unite Georgia’s technology community to foster an innovative and connected marketplace that stimulates and enhances a tech-based economy.

The association provides networking and educational programs; celebrates Georgia’s technology leaders and companies; and advocates for legislative action that enhances the state’s economic climate for technology.  TAG hosts over 200 events each year and serves as an umbrella organization for 34 professional societies. For more information visit the TAG website at www.tagonline.org.

About TAG Education Collaborative

TAG Education Collaborative is dedicated to developing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) initiatives in Georgia. Through partnerships with statewide STEM programs, government organizations, and local businesses, TAG-Ed fosters student interest in STEM in order to increase awareness of technology careers. TAG-Ed hosts the Exploring STEM Careers Pipeline Program, an initiative for underrepresented metro Atlanta youth, an internship program for high school students, Georgia STEM Day, two team challenges for students interested in web design, and The Vine Event and The Horizon Awards, annual fundraisers benefiting STEM education. For additional information, visit TAG Education Collaborative or contact Michael Robertson at (404)-920-2038 or mrobertson@tagonline.org.

 

About Code.org

Code.org® is a 501c3 public non-profit dedicated to expanding participation in computer science and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color. Its vision is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer programming. After launching in 2013, Code.org organized the Hour of Code campaign — which has introduced millions of students to computer science — partnered with more than 30 public school districts nationwide, and launched Code Studio, an open-source, online learning platform for all ages. For more information, please visit: code.org

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