City unveils 20 schools to get software engineering program

Bloomberg, Chancellor Walcott announce 20 schools selected participating

Bloomberg, Chancellor Walcott announce 20 schools selected participating in pilot. (Mayor's Office) (Credit: Bloomberg, Chancellor Walcott announce 20 schools selected participating in pilot. (Mayor's Office))

The city unveiled 20 schools Monday that were chosen for a new software engineering pilot program that will start next school year, officials said.

The pilot, which will offer computer science training to children between sixth and 12th grades, will serve about 1,000 students, or 50 per school. It is expected to grow to about 3,500 students by 2016, officials said.

"We know it's vital to prepare our children to succeed in an increasingly technology centered economy and the software engineering pilot will help us do just that," Mayor Michael Bloomberg said.

Core topics will include computer programming, web design and programming, mobile computing, robotics and more.

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20 schools participating in pilot program:

* High School of Telecommunication Arts and Technology
* Brooklyn Technical High School
* The Bronx Compass High School
* The Renaissance Charter High School for Innovation
* Urban Assembly Gateway School for Technology
* Queens Vocational & Technical High School
* Cambria Heights Academy
* Ralph McKee High School
* New Dorp High School
* Ditmas Intermediate School 62
* I.S. 30 Mary White Ovington
* Mark Twain I.S. 239 for the Gifted and Talented
* Bronx Park Middle School
* M.S. 223 The Laboratory School of Finance and Technology
* Tompkins Square Middle School
* Nathaniel Hawthorne Middle School 74
* J.H.S. 185 Edward Bleeker
* Pathways College Preparatory School
* J.H.S. 157 Stephen A. Halsey
* Eagle Academy for Young Men

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