Schools dive in to Computer Science Education Week

Gladys Abbott
December 6, 2017

In conjunction with the funding announcement, Code.org also highlighted a slew of new commitments from cities and states that have pledged to increase their investments in computer science education. And yet, only USA 11 states have created K-12 computer science standards.

It's also worldwide science education week and people of all ages are being encouraged to take part in an hour of code. Instead, they need to learn how computer software works, so that they will be able to develop their own programmes and apps in the future. Meanwhile, the state of Arkansas announced that it will be dedicating $500,000 to the creation of a first-of-its-kind stipend program for existing K-8 teachers in the state who are interested in receiving training to teach computer science.

"Computer science plays a significant role in revolutionizing business & industry, creating new fields of commerce, and driving technological breakthroughs across all fields of science", said Governor Ducey before his arrival to the event. By learning code, students can unlock those things which computers and technology can do, and empower young people with the skills to utilise technology to meet the challenges of an increasingly complex world. "In the arts curriculum, what you can do with coding through music and visual arts is stunning".

Students have the option of a Minecraft, Star Wars, or Angry Birds coding program.

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The event is part of Hour of Code, an initiative to introduce millions of students to one hour of computer science and computer programming. Since 2013, it is estimated that over 100 millions students, from 180 different countries, have enrolled on Hour of Code tutorials.

Kids who learn to code today will absolutely become the next generation of science and technology innovators.

Also this week the girls are encouraged to post what they're learning about on social media using #girlsintechkc. "I'm thrilled to announce the launch of CSforCA to make sure every California student has access to high-quality computer science education". Schools and companies across New Mexico will be hosting and participating in Hour of Code events. "Our mission is for everyone on the planet to achieve more, so when we see a disconnect like the one I just mentioned, it creates a sense of urgency to create more equity of opportunity for all students".

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