Schools Seek Volunteers to Help Teach Computer Science

 |   MSFT Chicago Staff

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Are you an engineer, software developer or programmer and interested in providing opportunities for young people to learn computer science? Local schools need your expertise to help them jump start and build sustainable computer science programs by volunteering as part of TEALS (Technology Education and Literacy in Schools), a volunteer movement supported by Microsoft to bring computer science education to every high school in the U.S.

More than 475 TEALS volunteers across the nation are currently team-teaching Computer Science 101 and AP Computer Science in more than 130 schools. TEALS is expanding for the coming school year, and we need your help to meet the growing interest in computer science education among high school students across the U.S., including here in the Chicago area.

“Many things we interact with on a daily basis are powered by computer science, but the vast majority of high schools students don’t have access to this exciting field of study because only ten percent of U.S. high schools teach it today,” said Kevin Wang, founder of TEALS. “As engineers and programmers across the tech industry we have an opportunity to help more kids learn computer science – school by school – by volunteering with TEALS and making a real difference in each student’s life, now and in the future.”

“Many things we interact with on a daily basis are powered by computer science, but the vast majority of high schools students don’t have access to this exciting field of study because only ten percent of U.S. high schools teach it today,” said Kevin Wang, founder of TEALS. “As engineers and programmers across the tech industry we have an opportunity to help more kids learn computer science – school by school – by volunteering with TEALS and making a real difference in each student’s life, now and in the future.”

TEALS volunteers work with partner classroom teachers and interact directly with students. In addition to their role as instructors, volunteers can share their personal career stories with students, inspire them, and teach them about the broad range of opportunities in the computer science field. To find out more about how to volunteer with TEALS, go to http://www.tealsk12.org/volunteers/informational/. Applications will be accepted at http://www.tealsk12.org/apply/ until May 1, 2015.

To learn more about Microsoft’s commitment to youth and education, visit our YouthSpark Hub or follow us on twitter at @msftcitizenship.

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