During Computer Science Education Week, Code.org encourages students and educators to partake in Hour of Code - a one-hour introduction to computer science that aims to "demystify code" and teach its basic principles. Code.org, which has raised more than $60 million from Microsoft, Facebook, Google, and Salesforce, was one of the first companies to tap into the demand for preteen programming literacy. 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.
In addition to games and activities, this week is also dedicated to furthering a variety of important edtech initiatives, such as promoting women's presence in the computer science workforce and increasing students' opportunities to study coding. And yet, only 11 states have created K-12 computer science standards. This year's Computer Science Education Week starts today and there are over 122,000 Hour of Code global events registered to happen throughout the week. Computer science can help nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity.
Some economists argue that pushing for more coding classes only addresses one component of a broader shortage in tech skills. According to Code.org, computing jobs are the No. 1 source of new wages in the United States-these are jobs in every industry, and they're projected to grow at twice the rate of all other jobs. "I'm thrilled to announce the launch of CSforCA to make sure every California student has access to high-quality computer science education".
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The vast majority of computer science jobs are held by men, but the district is working to change that trend by encouraging more female students and minority female students to participate.
Celebrities have joined the movement this year to boost computer science education.