It’s Computer Science Education Week!

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From csedweek.org :

Why is it important for students to learn computer science?

Computer science is a foundational field for every 21st century career or field of study. Learning the basics of computer science prepares students for a world that is increasingly dominated by technology. Research shows that students who study computer science also perform better at math.

Besides, computer science is where the jobs are. More than 50% of all jobs in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) are computing jobs. Some other stats:

  • Computer science is one of the highest-paid college degree for new graduates.
  • Computer programming jobs are growing at two times the national average — but there aren’t enough graduates to fill these jobs.
  • Nine out of 10 K-12 schools do not offer computer programming classes.
  • In 35 out of 50 states, computer science does not even count toward high school graduation.

See this infographic for more information.

Want to learn?   Code.org has links to free online tutorials and the Buena Park Library has books to help you on your way!

 

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2 responses to “It’s Computer Science Education Week!

  1. Thanks for reminding us about Computer Science Week!! Pretty straight forward facts presented: HALF of STEM jobs are computer jobs. This isn’t that surprising to me, being a millennial. Thankfully, I realized from an early age the importance of technology as a tool to better bridge my learning of science, math, and engineering. I blame LEGOS as well for the engineering side of things. I work for a summer technology program where we empower young students with hands on learning to challenge them to grow in STEM education. Early childhood exposure to STEM education can only help prepare today’s youth for a higher education tomorrow! Keep up the great work!

  2. Pingback: Why Coding? | doug --- off the record

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