Volume 1: Issue 3 The Hour of Code Issue
What is Hour of Code Week?
With technology changing every industry on the planet, computing knowledge has become part of a well-rounded skill set. But fewer than half of all schools teach computer science and even then, rarely is it accessible by ALL students. Good news is, we're on the way to change this. If you heard about the Hour of Code last year, you might know it made history. 100 million have now discovered how accessible and fun computer science can be by doing JUST ONE HOUR of CODE.
Let's make sure all of our students are given this opportunity.
Why Should All Students Participate in Hour of Code Activities?
- Every student should have the opportunity to learn computer science. It helps nurture problem-solving skills, logical reasoning, and creativity. By starting early, students will have a foundation for success in any 21st-century career path. #BeFutureReady
- 90 percent of parents want their children to learn computer science; only 40 percent of schools offer computer science courses that are accessible by ALL students
- 71 percent of all new jobs in STEM are computing jobs; only eight percent of STEM graduates have degrees in computer science
- When students are surveyed about which classes they like the most, 54 percent say that they enjoy computer science and engineering the most.
- Girls who try computer science in high school are 10 times more likely to major in it in college. Black and Hispanic students who are provided opportunities to try it in high school are seven times as likely to major in computer science in college.
- Computer science is foundational. Every 21st century student should have the opportunity to learn about algorithms, how to make an app, or how the Internet works, just like they learn about the digestive system, photosynthesis, or electricity.
- A computer science major can earn 40 percent more than the college average.
- Computer science jobs are the # 1 source of new wages in the United States.
- Only 11 states have created computer science standards. Missouri is NOT one of those states.
- In 34 states, computer science courses count toward high school science and math requirements. Missouri is NOT one of those states.
- In many school districts, coding courses now count toward high school foreign language requirements.
HOUR OF CODE STUDENT ACTIVITIES
Made with Code--Designed with girls in mind.
Girls start out with a love of technology and science, but along the way, something happens. In the United States, 74 percent of girls are interested in STEM subjects in middle school. By high school, only .4 percent of teen girls plan to major in computer science.
Check out all the coding projects offered by Made with Code by clicking here.