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Students Learn to Code During Computer Science Education Week

12/10/2015 12:52 pm

December 7-13 Marks Computer Science Education Week

Students in elementary, middle and high school celebrated Computer Science Education Week this week in the library. Computer Science Education Week happens once a year in K-12 schools to spark an interest in students about computer science.

Elementary and middle school students participated in the Hour of Code tutorials online. The Hour of Code is a global movement connecting tens of millions of students together through an hour long introduction to computer science and programming. During the tutorials, students can work on programs such as Minecraft Hour of Code, Star Wars: Building a Galaxy with Code, and Code with Anna and Elsa. If students show an interest, there are more tutorials on the website they can take for free.

High school students in Mr. Mathison's technology and engineering class took an hour long online coding tutorial from Codeacademy. Codeacademy provides free coding lessons for anyone. 

Computer science is becoming more and more important in today's workforce. The U.S. Department of Education predicts that by 2020, computational thinking and information technology skills will be needed in over half of all jobs. Based on projections from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly one million coding jobs will be unfulfilled by the year 2020. Because there are not enough qualified applicants for computer science jobs, Computer Science Education Week works to expose students to coding and computer science.

By participating in Computer Science Education Week, students at West Salem got a taste of coding. Who knows, maybe some of them will fill the million jobs predicted to be available!





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