Computer Science Education Week (#CSEdWeek) is next week, December 8-14. We at Microsoft New England are excited to contribute to the global effort to give ALL students the opportunity to learn computer science.
Code.org has some great resources to help get computer science in your schools. While 25 states have standards in place allowing students to count computer science credit toward high school graduation, 25 others (including Massachusetts) are still behind. In fact, in Massachusetts there is one graduate with a bachelors degree in IT/CS to every 17 open jobs in IT/CS. Promoting computer science is a priority — and one that is easy to accomplish if we all work together. Let’s change this stat!
Here are some facts about computer science in Massachusetts, via Code.org:
- Talk to your school: Talk to your local school district about computer science and allowing courses to satisfy a core math or science requirement. Discuss expanding computer science offerings in K-12 classrooms.
- Promote computer science in our state: Visit http://code.org/promote/ma to learn more about how you can support computer science education in our state.
- Become a ‘Skype in the Classroom’ guest speaker: Join Skype and Code.org in instructing students in specialized tech topics. Tech professionals interested in participating as guest speakers can apply online, and teachers interested in bringing these virtual guest speakers into their classrooms can connect with them through Skype in the Classroom’s site. All it takes is one simple call to change a student’s life!
- Participate in the #HourOfCode: Join tens of millions of students and instructors in over 180 countries in the Hour of Code this year. The largest learning event in history, the Hour of Code encourages problem-solving skills, logic and creativity by offering one hour of computer science education to anyone willing to participate. Everyone starts somewhere, and the Hour of Code is a great place to start.
- Free YouthSpark #HourOfCode workshops at your local Microsoft Store: The Microsoft Stores will be hosting workshops where students will learn to code, create their own game, and achieve more. Find a store near you: http://retail.ms/storeloc
- Tell the world! Share the Code.org video on social media: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKIu9yen5nc