This year, Code.org is launching the Hour of Code as part of the annual Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek), a celebration geared to encourage interest in the field and show that anyone can learn the basics.
Today, we’re surrounded by technology. Many students have their own tablets and phones—and yet, few are learning how computers actually work. Simple computer science activities can help nurture creativity and problem solving skills. By getting a feel for computational thinking early, students will have a foundation for success in any future career path.
Did you know:
- Children who learn introductory computer science show improved math scores.
- 90% of K-12 schools in the U.S. do not teach computer science.
- Software jobs outnumber students 3-to-1. The gap is 1 million jobs over 10 years.
- In many countries (including China, the United Kingdom and Australia), computer science is—or soon will be—required.
- Anyone can learn the basics, starting in elementary school, but fewer than
10% of students (and just 4% of female students, 3% of students of color) take computer science classes.
Check out this video below for more information about just how important coding is to our students today:
Code.org has made it easy to participate: just visit their website here for more information, tutorials, hook videos, and even lessons for educators who need to be “unplugged,” or have their Hour of Code without devices.
And if having your students engage in an hour of coding wasn’t incentive enough, their sponsors are helping make the Hour of Code huge by generously donating items to reward participation. Every educator who organizes an Hour of Code in their classroom will receive 10GB of free DropBox storage as a thank you gift.
Happy coding, y’all!