Schools dive in to Computer Science Education Week

Schools dive in to Computer Science Education Week

Schools dive in to Computer Science Education Week

During his visit, Governor Ducey joined Principal Seth Beute, Phoenix Union High School District Superintendent Chad Gestson, and industry partners to discuss the importance of increasing opportunities for Arizona students to participate in high-quality computer science education.

"We're at the point where most states are coming around to realizing that...computer science is going to need to be part of the education curriculum, and really they're all trying to figure out what's the right way to get there", Partovi told VentureBeat. It started during Computer Science Education Week as a one-hour introduction to computer science to demystify "code", and show students that anyone can learn the basics. This year, Pariss Chandler, who learned to code over just eight weeks and recently landed a developer position at a local organization, will return to Amigos Elementary, the bilingual elementary school she attended in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to lead an Hour of Code and inspire the next generation to learn computer science skills essential in today's job market.

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As a result of this new emphasis, the number of students taking an AP Computer Science exam in 2017 more than tripled from previous years, and the number of students passing an AP Computer Science exam increased more than fourfold, according to a release from the city. "It makes you think and it helps you with problem solving", Jones said. As of the first day of this school year, roughly 940 teachers received Computer Science for All training.

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We have a lot planned throughout the world for Computer Science Education Week. Tutorials are available in more than 45 languages with themes including Minecraft, Star Wars, Google Doodles and more.

"If only 1 percent of the girls actively learning on Code.org continued past high school, they'd outnumber the gender gap in university CS", Partovi said. "When students use technology to create something of their own design by coding, it builds both technical skill and confidence - both of which are critical for success in the future". The "Hour of Code" events are sponsored in partnership with Code.org with the goal of teaching computer science in a fun and creative way that appeals to children of all ages and backgrounds.

Last month, Adams announced an investment of more than $55 million from Borough Hall to advance STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) education across more than 150 schools in FY2018.

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