Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) is December 9 through 15 this year. Held each year in honor of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper, this week is meant to raise awareness about the importance of computer science education and its connection to careers in STEM and other fields. Local CSEdWeek Events TechGirlz will be holding a “Create Your Own Android Mobile App” workshop on Saturday, December 14. Students will learn the basics of building a mobile application for Android devices using MIT App Inventor. After the course, students will be able to download the free application at home and continue to expand on what they built in class, or develop new applications. This class is currently full, but keep an eye out for more TechShopz that let middle school aged girls get hands-on experience with technology. The Baldwin School is hosting Baldwin Girls Code: Learn How on December 10, 6:30 to 8 pm. The event is free and open to Baldwin families and to the general public and will be led by Dr. Laura Blankenship, Computer Science Coordinator. Baldwin Girls Code is designed to demystify “code” and show that anyone can learn the basics to be a maker, a creator and an innovator. Baldwin students, from kindergarteners to high school seniors, will showcase their coding and robotics projects. T-shirts and other prizes will be awarded. Princeton ACM / IEEE-CS is holding a Learn to Code, Code to Learn event, giving an overview of the Scratch programming language and coding environments for students. Happening Thursday, December 12 at 8 pm, the event is free and open to the public. To further build awareness about this exciting week focused on computer science and technology, the PECO Crown Lights in Philadelphia will display a Computer Science Education Week message. Go to the CSEdWeek website for a list of events taking place around the world. Also, don’t forget, TechGirlz is holding a TechShop on December 7, in conjunction with eThree – “Exploring Your Personal Brand: Passing the Torch.” Girls will work in teams to design a digital magazine to showcase themselves to a panel of ‘virtual’ olympic judges. Each member will explore personal brand and learn valuable digital skills while using today’s latest technologies and applications.