DENVER, CO. – From December 7-13, millions of people will learn an “Hour of Code” for
Computer Science Education Week. But for the 1,200 students enrolled in OpenWorld Learning (OWL)’s free after school programs, the week is no different. Last year, they spent over 130,000 hours coding – that’s more than 100 hours per student.
In 15 years, the organization has provided 780 weeks of computer science education to 3rd
-8th graders through summer camps and free after school programs. These students, of which 53% don’t have a computer at home, learn computer programming and other tech skills through peer teaching and projects in animation, graphic design, robotics and more. In addition, their time with OWL improves their standardized test scores, critical thinking skills, and attitudes towards education.
“Computer Science Education Week and the Hour of Code are great for introducing people to
STEM. But for young students whose daily lives and future job markets revolve around
computing, they need more. We’re providing valuable, hands-on education that they can use for the rest of their lives,” explained OWL CEO Lea Ann Reitzig. “Only 1 in 4 Colorado schools
offer computer science courses. It can be hard to find these opportunities elsewhere.”
OWL is available in 17 schools across Aurora, Jefferson, and Denver counties. The organization is currently hiring instructors and is always seeking volunteers and donations of gently used laptops and tablets. For more information on how you can help provide computer science education this week and every week, visit openworldlearning.org or call 303-832-0066.
About OpenWorld Learning
OpenWorld Learning (OWL) is a non-profit organization that serves approximately 1,200
students annually. Founded in 2000, the organization provides STEM-based after school
educational programs to Title I students in Colorado so that they may learn important technology and leadership skills in a fun and safe environment. OWL's curriculum has earned the ISTE Seal of Alignment and has been proven to improve attendance rates and standardized test scores. For more information about OWL, please call 303-832-0066 or visit openworldlearning.org