For many people, “coding” is an intimidating word. However, as technology plays an ever-growing role in everyday life, the need for a basic understanding of computer science is growing too. And it’s not out of reach—for teachers or students! That’s why we’re excited that today marks the kickoff of Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) 2015! CSEdWeek is a once-a-year event organized by Code.org that is meant to make coding and computer science accessible for K–12 students (and their teachers!) and inspire them to take interest in computing in careers. Why should you participate in CSEdWeek? Check out these stats from the organization:
- It’s projected that by 2020, there will be only 400,000 computer science students to fill 1.4 million computing jobs—that’s $500 billion in salary potential.
- Less than 2.4% of college students graduate with a computer science degree.
- Women earn 57% of bachelor’s degrees overall but only 12% of computer science degrees.
- Computer science courses only count toward math or science high school graduation requirements in 27 states.
As these numbers show, computer science is a discipline that offers plenty of possibilities, and one that is coming to play a role in all career fields. CSEdWeek is dedicated to helping educators and students see that those possibilities are within reach! There are plenty of ways to participate, and you don’t need to be a technology teacher to do so. Host an Hour of Code event (there are lots of online and offline resources), organize a visit to a local computer science university department or technology company, or recruit other groups in your community to get involved. Check out this Participation Kit, and take a look at these Teacher-Led Hour of Code Lesson Plans for more ideas!
Interested in learning more about Edmentum’s online resources for computer science education? Take a look at our blog post on What Sparks an Interest in Computer Programming, or check out some free activities from our EducationCity Computing module!