The Hour of Code
Computer Science Education Week is December 8th – 14th and to celebrate teachers and students throughout the world will be participating in The Hour of Code. This is being called the largest education event in history and the goal is to have 100 million students participating in this year’s event.
“The Hour of Code is organized by Code.org, a public 501c3 non-profit dedicated to expanding participation in computer science by making it available in more schools, and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color. An unprecedented coalition of partners have come together to support the Hour of Code, too — including Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, Boys and Girls Clubs of America and the College Board.” (www.code.org)
STEM education and specifically computer science education is vital to the economic growth and workforce needs of our nation, our state, and according to the Columbus 2020, Columbus Region, Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Update, the Columbus region. “There is a common perception that the K-12 education system is not meeting the needs of employers (pg. 53).” And a threat to the competitiveness of the Columbus region is the” limited availability of graduates in science, technology, engineering and math” (pg. 53).
Also in the CEDS report: “The Ohio State University (OSU) and Columbus State Community College (CSCC), the Columbus Region’s two largest post-secondary educational institutions produce thousands of skilled graduates each year in a diversity of fields. Software & Computer Science degrees were notably low at both schools, particularly in light of the thriving technology sector in the Columbus Region. Employers throughout the Region also noted low availability of software and information technology workers. In 2012, CSCC only awarded 89 Software & Computer Science degrees, and OSU only awarded 115 (pg. 33).”
Help support the teaching and learning of computer science education in Ohio schools. Teachers, give your students the opportunity to learn more about this crucial and amazing field of study. Spark their interest by participating in The Hour of Code. Principals, sign up your schools! Parents, ask your child’s school to get involved! This is going to be a major learning event that every Ohio student and educator should experience. To learn more, visit code.org.