12/05/2017 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 12/05/2017 14:29
Demystify code and join us for one hour on December 6 to see what all the buzz is about.
By Lauri Topete on December 5, 2017
Did you know that computing is the #1 source of wages in the U.S.? There are more than 500,000 computing jobs open nationwide, but last year, only 42,969 computer science students graduated into the workforce. Computer science is foundational for every industry today, yet most schools don't teach it. That's why we are joining in on the largest learning event in history: The Hour of Code on Wednesday, December 6, 2017.
To celebrate in this year's Computer Science Education Week (December 4-10), UCR Extension and the Riverside County Office of Education join the almost 40,000 worldwide events to present the Hour of Code on Wednesday, December 6. There are two ways to participate:
Your participation will earn you an RCOE Hour of Code digital badge and a certificate of participation from UCR Extension.
Computer science drives innovation through the US economy, but it remains marginalized throughout K-12 education. Only 35 states allow students to count computer science courses toward high school graduation. For females, participation in computer science is only 25% of high school courses, university courses, and the workforce.
The Hour of Code is dedicated to changing that. It started during Computer Science Education Week as a one-hour introduction to computer science to demystify 'code,' and show students that anyone can learn the basics. The Hour of Code has become a global movement, reaching more than 100 million students in 180+ countries, in over 45 languages.
In the first Hour of Code in 2014, more girls tried computer science than have tried in the last 70 years! Women who try AP Computer Science in high school are ten times more likely to major in it in college, but females still only make up 20% of the workforce. An Hour of Code is a great place to start addressing the diversity gap and introducing computer science to girls in an engaging and empowering way.
Tutorials are available for all ages-from pre-reader through high school in a range of subjects from art and music to computer science and math. Hour of Code activities are designed by an unprecedented coalition of technological partners, require no experience for your child to participate, and can be run on computers, iPads, iPhones, Androids or no device at all!
RSVP for this special event here.
Read more about the Hour of Code.