All Epstein School first- through eighth-graders participated this month in Computer Science Education Week’s An Hour of Code, a grassroots campaign supported by 350 partners and 100,000 educators worldwide.

The program enhances knowledge of and comfort with technology. Epstein technology specialist Helene Marcus, media specialist Barri Gertz and 21st century learning coach Emily Khan facilitated computer programming sessions, based on resources at code.org.

Computer Science Education Week, which was Dec. 5 to 11, was created to make history by recruiting millions of students to complete an hour of code.

Computer science is a top-paying college degree, and jobs in the field are growing twice as fast as the national average. By 2020, the United States is expected to have 1 million more jobs than students in computer scine. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said, “In 15 years we’ll be teaching programming just like reading and writing … and wondering why we didn’t do it sooner.”