Published: Tue, December 05, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Kids learn computer science at Hour of Code event

Kids learn computer science at Hour of Code event

According to Hadi Partovi, founder and CEO of Code.org, 10 million girls now have accounts on the site. 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. Most Hour of Code events happen during Computer Science Education Week, but educators can use Code.org's resources to host their own Hour of Code events any time during the year.

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. Meanwhile, the state of Arkansas announced that it will be dedicating $500,000 to the creation of a first-of-its-kind stipend program for existing K-8 teachers in the state who are interested in receiving training to teach computer science. Computer science can help nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity.

The Code.org nonprofit trains teachers on how to teach computer science lessons to students from kindergarten through 12th grade.

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"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. According to a recent report from the Brookings Institution, almost two-thirds of new jobs created since 2010 can be classified as needing a "high" or "medium" number of digital skills to complete the job. First, Code.org advocates that states set a date by which they will make computer science classes available in every public school.

The announcement came as part of a Computer Science Education Week kickoff event in San Mateo.

Governor Doug Ducey visited the Phoenix Coding Academy on Monday to kick off Computer Science Education Week.

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