South Carolina to Host First Statewide Family Code Night

April 18, 2022

The event will include fun, at-home learning for all families with K-5 children, with video welcome from Governor Henry McMaster and State Superintendent Molly Spearman

All South Carolina families with children in kindergarten through 5th grade are invited to participate in South Carolina Family Code Night. In just one hour, family members will work collaboratively to learn key concepts in coding and computer science. These are the skills of the future, best learned in the K-5 years and with family support. Families and schools can sign up to participate, then join the free event at 6 p.m. on either May 3 or May 10. To sign up for the event, visit: www.bit.ly/SCFCN22

“We are excited that South Carolina is the first to offer a statewide Family Code Night program,” said State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman. “It’s vital that all students attain digital literacy and skills, especially with family engagement and support. South Carolina is a national leader in high school computer science programs, and we are pleased to bring this fresh focus to K-5 computer science as well.”

Designed for families using any computer or tablet with internet access, this Family Code Night program features new K-5 learning materials from the Everyone Can Code program from Apple. Schools and districts are encouraged to host the event to ensure internet accessibility and will be provided with tools to facilitate partner locations. Working together, children and parents will learn about:

  • How mobile apps are designed, as families design apps to solve community problems.
  • Big ideas in computer science and essential coding skills, including commands, sequences, loops and conditionals.
  • How to connect with others to share knowledge to continue learning after the Family Code Night event.

All participating families will receive a [email protected] Guide to free online coding games and have a chance to enter a drawing to win prizes, including codable robots. The event is free for all families and schools and is hosted by the South Carolina Department of Education and CSisElementary.org.

About South Carolina Department of Education

The mission of the South Carolina Department of Education is to provide leadership and support so that all public education students graduate prepared for success. The agency aims to ensure that students graduate prepared for success in college, careers, and citizenship and that districts have available systems of personalized and digital learning to support students in meeting the Profile of the South Carolina Graduate.

About CS is Elementary
Family Code Night is a program of CS is Elementary, a national non-profit program to inspire, celebrate and enable computer science education for all K-5 children. CS is Elementary provides Family Code Night programs to states, districts and schools nationwide, with customized planning and marketing programs for systemic family engagement and awareness.  CS is Elementary also provides a range of free livestream learning events for families.  More information is available at CSisElementary.org.