Today many students own some type of technology gadget whether it’s a computer, tablet, or smart phone. It is a wonder that only ten percent of school age students in the U.S. learn computer science basic programming. Only 4 percent of those students are female and three percent are students of color. The U.S. has a lofty ambition to fill the abundant computer science jobs available in the 21st Century. However, something different must be done to meet that goal.
While it is great that students are using technology there is not enough emphasis to help students learn to understand the computer programming that makes their device work. During Computer Science Education Week of December 9-15, Code.org is launching the Hour of Code with a goal to introduce 10,000 K-12 students to basic computer science programming concepts. The project has been organized to reach all students with computers available or not. Activities will be provided to reach students in every grade level to help nurture them to think creatively and help expand their problem solving skills. Studies indicate that students who develop computation skills early build a foundation for success in any career path. These skills also show improved math scores amongst students taking computer science.
Code.org has laid out activities whereby students and teachers alike need not be intimidated by the lofty goal to learn an introduction to basic programming concepts. Their guide will request minimal teacher prep time and the lesson can be completed in one hour or less. Incentives are being offered to teachers who introduce their entire class to computer science programming while supplies last.
Adults can help by introducing this to a school, their community, church, or recreational center etc. Every child and adult should learn more creative ways to make a difference in this national movement by clicking on the code.org link below to learn more on how you can help.