The goal of this year’s Computer Science Education Week’s (CSEW) initiative “Hour of Code,” is to see if students can become interested in coding within an hour. CSEW has been going on since 2009, but this year nonprofit Code.org took over and put the focus on getting kids interested in computer science. The nonprofit recruited the likes of President Obama, Ashton Kutcher, and Mark Zuckerberg to advocate kids spend one hour this week learning code, in hopes of spurring interest in a future increasingly interconnected with computer literacy.
Ms. Snyder’s Math classes participated in this program, through the Khan Academy, along with approximately 7.8 million other students. They spent an hour being introduced to working with coding by making simple boxes and letters. The students then had the opportunity to further what they were learning by visiting code.org.
Despite younger generations becoming increasingly tech savvy, computer programming is an area yet to see the same widespread interest when translated to education. The Bureau of Labor estimates the US economy is adding nearly 140,000 computing jobs every year, but only 40,000 college students graduate with a computer science degree. By introducing coding to students while in elementary school, students can begin to see how coding overlaps with many types of professions.
You may visit the web site that students were using here: https://www.khanacademy.org/hour-of-code/hour-of-code-tutorial/v/welcome-hour-of-code