With Superintendent Harry Bull leading the way, more than 11,000 students in the Cherry Creek School District are celebrating Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 9-13) by participating in “The Hour of Code.”
The Hour of Code is an opportunity for every student to try Computer Science for one hour. The website, code.org, offers coding tutorials and activities for students of all ages. Coding is important because basic programming activities help nurture creativity and problem solving skills. By starting early, students build a foundation for success in any future career path, including Computer Science.
Computer Science is driving innovation throughout our economy and society. More than half of projected jobs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math or STEM fields, are in computing occupations; these occupations dominate “help wanted” ads; and Computer Science is one of the hottest degrees for new college graduates. Computer programming jobs are growing three times faster than students entering the field. Yet fewer schools teach computer science than 10 years ago. In fact, 90% of K-12 schools in the United States don’t offer Computer Science classes at all. Cherry Creek is among a growing number of school districts that are beginning to offer classes in coding and programming to elementary students, as well as students in middle and high school.
To learn more about The Hour of Code and Computer Science Education Week, visit www.code.org.
Posted December 11, 2013.