Through online competitions, students and teachers participating in Computer Science Education Week can win the chance to video chat directly with public figures like the Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry or the Seattle Seahawks' Russell Wilson. "Right now most schools in California don't offer any computer science classes and sadly, that disparity is punctuated by striking gender and racial gaps", Lt. Governor Newsom said.
It's also worldwide science education week and people of all ages are being encouraged to take part in an hour of code. "It makes you think and it helps you with problem solving", Jones said.
In addition to games and activities, this week is also dedicated to furthering a variety of important edtech initiatives, such as promoting women's presence in the computer science workforce and increasing students' opportunities to study coding.
Your participation will earn you an RCOE Hour of Code digital badge and a certificate of participation from UCR Extension. As of the first day of this school year, roughly 940 teachers received Computer Science for All training.
We have a lot planned throughout the world for Computer Science Education Week.
Microsoft will host two Hour of Code events with Technology Education and Literacy in Schools (TEALS). The initiative was initially launched in the U.S. to "demystify the art of coding" and expand student participation in computer science. Using iPads and free apps like Swift Playground, students from kindergarten through to college and beyond can now learn how to code.
In countries such as China, Vietnam, Malaysia and Singapore, which have embraced the introduction of computer sciences in primary and secondary schools, the "Hour of Code" initiative has gained considerable support with thousands of students gearing up to take this year's latest Hour of Code tutorials, such as the Minecraft "Hero's Journey".
Demystify code and join us for one hour on December 6 to see what all the buzz is about. More than 400 partners support Code.org's Hour of Code, including major tech companies such as Amazon.com Inc., Facebook Inc., Apple Inc. and Microsoft Corp.
To mark Computer Science Education Week, Joint Economic Committee Democrats are highlighting the importance of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and released a report on how STEM strengthens the economy.