Dreading the cold temperatures that December brings? No worries, at least there’s one thing you can look forward to: Computer Science Education Week! The beginning of December marks the start of one of the most exciting weeks of the year. From December 4-10, educators and STEM professionals across the globe dedicate their time to inspiring youth to learn how to code and explore career opportunities.
Founded in 2009, Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) is run by Code.org, a non-profit dedicated to implementing and expanding computer science education in our school systems. Over 350 partners and 100,000 educators worldwide support this week-long call to action.
Introducing computer science at an early age promotes problem-solving skills, logic, and creativity. In our digital age, it’s becoming necessary for students to learn about algorithms or app development. Some have equate not knowing programming to illiteracy. Currently, there are 500,000 open computing positions across the nation, and this is projected to grow at twice the rate of all other jobs, according to Hour of Code (HOC). In fact, computing jobs are the number one source of new wages in the United States. Consequently, a computer science major can earn 40% more than the college average.
Nevertheless, there’s lots you can do to be an advocate for technology education in your community. For example, reach out to your local school district and volunteer to help host an Hour of Code in one of their classrooms or your workplace. Take it one step further, contact your state representatives. Petition them to allow computer science to count toward math/science credit. You can even donate to Computer Science Education Week to help support their efforts.
Don’t forget, December isn’t the only time you can host an Hour of Code! This one hour introduction to computer science is available to schools and educators year-round. With this in mind, it’s important to continue promoting computer science education at all times. Technology affects every facet of our lives now. To illustrate, computer science is the foundation of industries like the medical field, agriculture, even the arts. We hope you’ll take part, not just this week, but all year, in this movement to provide our youth with computer science education.
Stay tuned to read more about how we’re participate in #CSEdWeek this year! For now, read about what we’ve done in the past.