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Computer Science Education Week: Anyone Can Learn

October 20, 2013

On December 9-15, Computer Science Education Week 2013 will feature a campaign called "Hour of Code" engaging 10 million students in coding through a one-hour introduction to computer science designed to demystify "code" and show that anyone can learn the basics to be a code creator.

By 2020, half the country's 9.2 million jobs in STEM fields will be in computing. Almost every industry in the country relies on computing and computer science. Healthcare, financial services, retail, the defense industry, insurance agencies, and all levels of government require these skills. Despite this need, computer science counts as a math or science high school graduation credit in only a handful of states. Of the 42,000 high schools in the U.S., only 5 percent offer the Advanced Placement computer science course. According to a Computer Science Teachers Association report, only Arizona and Wisconsin certify computer science teachers.

The country's education system is struggling to meet the needs of a changing, global economy that is producing high-paying jobs that companies cannot fill because candidates lack the required skills. K-12 computer science education advocates are making progress in convincing local, state and federal policy makers to create more opportunities for the teaching and learning of computer science.

We have joined to support the Hour of Code and Computing in the Core, as they work to elevate the national profile of K-12 computer science education and make computer science a core academic subject. A video, featuring Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, NBA all-star Chris Bosh, and other celebrities, also urges students to learn coding and computer science skills (link below). Join Microsoft, Google, Apple, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and over 100 others, to make history.

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