We live in a world surrounded by technology. Information, commerce, communication, and entertainment all rely on computers. But only a tiny fraction of us learn computer science, the basics of how computers work, or how to create software, apps, or web sites. Computer Science provides a foundation for virtually any career and everybody can benefit from learning the basics.
Did you know:
Software jobs outnumber students 3-to-1. The gap is 1 million jobs over 10 years- and these are some of the highest paying jobs.
90% of schools in the US do not teach computer science.
In many countries, it’s required (China, Vietnam, Estonia. Soon UK, Australia)
The basics can be learned by anybody, starting in elementary school. But fewer than 10% of students try. Only 2% are women. 1% are students of color.
Programming literacy is going to be key to your child’s future. And this year we’re joining a massive campaign to prepare students for the 21st century during Computer Science Education Week (Dec 9-15).
The Hour of Code campaign has an audacious goal: to introduce 10 million students to one hour of computer science. While your children will have the opportunity to participate at school, I encourage you to participate, in two ways:
1) As a student – set aside an hour in December to learn the basics yourself either at home or work.
2) In your community – the Hour of Code campaign isn’t only for students, and you can help introduce others in your community to computer science – whether in an after-school club, a church, a veterans group, etc.
See http://hourofcode.org for details. Sign up to participate!
Link to Hour of Code