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Kennedy School Kicks Off Computer Science Education Week




Kennedy School Kicks Off Computer Science Education Week 


Roxbury, NJ (December 21, 2016) – Kennedy Elementary School kicked off Roxbury’s Hour of Code and Computer Science Education Week earlier this month with an assembly highlighting the Hour of Code event. 

Karen Kovarik, the technology teacher at the school has incorporated coding tutorials in her curriculum over the past few years. 

“Each year we expand the program to go well beyond just one hour of code and this year we’re so excited about the opportunity to have the NJ DOE showcase our Hour of Code celebration!” 

This year’s program featured presentations from Eisenhower Middle School’s Robotics Team led by their teacher, Philip Moskowitz along with a presentation by some Kennedy third and fourth graders. 

Students at school were shown great examples of the possibilities and opportunities that students have in computer science. The importance of computer science education was explored in light of the role that technology plays in our lives today. 

Moskowitz and his students explained their projects so the elementary aged students could understand. 

“The audience was engaged the whole time and loved seeing the robot that the team built and programmed,” explained Kovarik. 

Some third and fourth grade students also presented projects through a Google Slide presentation for the assembly. Students worked collaboratively in groups on the slides and the projects. 

“These students became familiar with the coding tutorials in advance of the Hour of Code event so that they could show their programs to the rest of the school in order to inspire the other students to code. These third and fourth graders also assisted in the lower grade level computer classes as the younger students experienced the coding tutorials,” shared Kovarik. 

All Kennedy students participated in coding lessons throughout the month of December through programs provided on the website. 

Kovarik went on to comment that, “Students worked collaboratively and with enthusiasm! As students created their own programs, some of them emailed me their links, and I added them to a page of my website so students could then play the games created by their fellow classmates!” 

The Kennedy School Kick Off Google Presentation 

Student Creations 

PHOTOS ATTACHED (courtesy of Kennedy Elementary School) 

Eisenhower Robotics Team with their teacher Mr. P. Moskowitz and Kennedy teacher, Mrs. K. Kovarik – Students: Paul Corrente, Brodie Haughey, Joey Kovach, Tejas Mehta, Rohan Prabhu, Colin Robertson, and Caleb Stephen 

Third and Fourth Grade Tech Group with their teacher, Mrs. K. Kovarik – Students: Madelynn Anderson, Gianna Benedetto, Nicholas Blenx, Abigail Castro, Hailey Clemente, Tyler Curtis, Wyatt Glasser, Brody Glazer, Jonah Kali, Justin Katz, Meghan Lockman, Michael Mineo, Matthew Neil, Aaron Pineiro, Joseph Ronchetta, Taylor Schauble, Michael Stigliano, William Sullivan, Juventino Torres, Jalen Valdes, and Ryan VanZile 


For more information, contact: Roxbury Community Relations coordinator Ann Rhodes at or 973-584-7699. 


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