Incredible Hour of Code Week to Inspire Youth of All Backgrounds to Computers Sciences

Computer science is a foundation for every student. I believe that every child should be entitled to the values of learning code.  This week marks the national campaign of Computer Science Education Week, December 7- 13, 2015.

As a young 12 year old kid (many, many, many years ago), I was afforded the opportunity to experience with coding.  I was by no means a privileged child, but my parents understood the immense curiosity I had for technology. Although extremely expensive at the time, my parents invested in my first personal computer, a Commodore 64.  Because of that commitment, it opened up unlimited possibilities for me and gave me the confidence to pursue careers in the technical field.

In the 21st-century, there is no excuse for students not being afforded the opportunity to take part in creating technology that’s changing our world. The diversity gap amongst minorities and females continue to be a pressing issue when it comes to computer science.

Only 1/4 of schools teach computer science. Due to the lack of access, this creates major inequities in education, particularly for those groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in computer science and other Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields.

According to hourofcode.org, almost half of all Hour of Code participants are girls. 35% of participants are black or Hispanic.  Together, we can increase these numbers.

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I plan to be a part of the solution, which is why I’m in the process of creating the {i_am_code} Academy for inner city youth.  The program is slated to launch early 2016 and I encourage you to go to iamcode.co for more information.

What is the Hour of Code?

Hour of Code is a one-hour activity. Students of all ages can choose from a variety of self-guided tutorials, for kindergarten and up. Tutorials work on any modern browser, tablet, smartphone, or even with no computer at all.

Be Part of The Solution

But you can be part of the solution as well.  You can get involved by host your own Hour of Code or spreading the word via social media with #HourOfCode.

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Together, we can fix the diversity gap in computer science by exposing both girls and boys to fundamental computing concepts on a level playing field, starting with the earliest learners, we can inspire today’s generation of students to build technology.

Join to help millions of new learners start with one Hour of Code. Sign up at hourofcode.com

By | 2017-05-07T01:36:14+00:00 December 7th, 2015|Computer Education, Feature, Internet|0 Comments

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