South Orangetown Central School District

Classes across South Orangetown Central School District took part in Computer Science Education Week, which began December 3. This annual, global event promotes K-12 access to computer science education as a means for building an educated workforce for the future. Since technology impacts every sector, computer science education will help students no matter what career they choose.

Here are just a few of the #CSEdWeek activities that took place this week:

  • Every William O. Schaefer Elementary School student participated in an Hour of Code through resources posted on, reports Technology teacher Randi Nerkizian. “Most second-graders and many first-graders tried out this year’s Dance Party theme by completing a series of self-directed puzzles that allow the user create a dance party by ‘using blocks of code to choose different dancers, change their dance moves, make them respond to the music, and make them interactive.’ Kindergartners explored coding by trying games like Kodable, The Foos, and Lightbot, which introduce computational thinking.” View photos on Mrs. Nerkizian’s Twitter feed here.
  • The South Orangetown Middle School Challenge Lab was humming with the sound of Parrot drones programmed by seventh-graders (using the Tynker app) to land on landing pads they’d built with popsicle sticks, glue, tape, and cardboard. “Students have to critically think about the relationship between distance and time when programming the drone,” explains teacher Andrew McIntosh. “For example when a drone is programmed to fly forward for five seconds, students must figure how far the drone will fly in that amount of time to successfully land their drone on the pad.” View a video on Mr. McIntosh’s Twitter feed here.
  • At Tappan Zee High School, the Computer Science Club and SO BOTZ robotics team co-hosted an Hour of Code that was attended by more than 50 students (and a few administrators!)

Students participating in Hour of Code at WOS