Loudoun launches Virginia’s first computer science immersion public schools; At least 22 injured during London train station explosion

Northern Virginia’s daily dose of local and national news for Friday, Sept. 15.

Students at Meadowland Elementary, Moorefield Station Elementary and Round Hill Elementary will get at least 30 minutes of computer coding experience per day following the Loudoun County public school system’s partnership with Code to the Future. This decision makes Loudoun County the first public school system to have computer science immersion schools in the state.

There was an explosion at southwest London’s Parsons Green station during their Friday morning rush hour, injuring at least 22 people. The investigation is ongoing, but police are calling the event a terrorist attack.

A slave auction block in downtown Fredericksburg is now up for debate, city officials asking residents to weigh in on whether or not they believe the block should be replaced by a “more prominent public space” by sharing their comments on the city website’s corresponding link.

Cassini, the NASA spacecraft that has been orbiting Saturn since 2004, ended its long journey by going up in flames in Saturn’s atmosphere Friday morning. Cassini has collected a multitude of information about Saturn, arguably the most prominent being that the molecules around Saturn’s ocean moon Titan could be indicative of/precursors to biological activity.
(The Washington Post)

A fifth-grader at Mary Walter Elementary in Morrisville, Noelle Lily, won a $4,000 college scholarship from Orchard Learning’s “Dare to Dream…Expect to Succeed” program. For her application, Noelle, who struggles with dyslexia, submitted a poster, diorama and essay explaining why she wants to be a teacher.