If you are a parent, teacher, or citizen interested in how we prepare students for the careers of the future, please join the celebration of Computer Science Education Week, December 8 – 14, 2013.
Here are just a few reasons we should be promoting computer science in K-12 schools:
- In many countries (including China, the United Kingdom and Australia), computer science is — or will soon be — required.
- Yet 90% of K-12 schools in the US do not teach computer science.
- Students who learn introductory computer science show improved math scores.
- New programming jobs are growing 3 times faster than the number of students entering the field.
- Any student, starting in elementary school, can learn the basics, but fewer than 10% of students try (and just 4% of female students and 3% of students of color).
Explore these facts and more at the new Computer Science Ed Week website with self-guided tutorials that anyone can complete with just a web-browser, tablet, or smartphone. There are also unplugged tutorials for classrooms without computers. No experience or computers are required.
Any teacher can use these free resources to plan an Hour of Code activity at their school. Please pass this along to others so we can demystify “code” and show that anyone can learn to program!