CS4Philly Sets OUT To Meet ‘Critical’ Goal: Getting Code In Every Philly School

When Jordan Quinn, 17, joined the computer science program at Northeast High — after changing schools a dozen times because of his mother’s duties with the military — it helped him bridge his two passions: marine biology and technology.

That turnaround moment is what CS4Philly wants to replicate across Philly. The effort, managed by the Philadelphia STEM Lab, has banded together 27 organizations — think Temple and Drexel, but also Coded by Kids and TechGirlz — around its main goal: developing a scalable model for computer science deployment in Philadelphia’s network of K–12 public schools.

The push, launched Wednesday at City Hall, has weight at the top: honorary campaign chairs include Mayor Jim Kenney, Philadelphia Education Fund President Farah Jimenez, Comcast exec David Cohen and tech entrepreneur Bob Moul, who initially made the call to action under the #TEaCH banner this summer.

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