In today’s increasingly digital world, computer science education is no longer a luxury, but a necessity. By equipping students with the skills and knowledge they need to understand and work with technology, we are preparing them for the future.
Preparing students for the workforce
The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that computer and information technology occupations will grow much faster than average over the next decade, adding about 531,500 new jobs between 2020 and 2030. This means that there will be a strong demand for workers with computer science skills.
Developing essential life skills
Beyond preparing students for specific careers, computer science education also helps them develop essential life skills such as:
- Problem-solving: Learning to code teaches students how to think logically and break down complex problems into smaller, more manageable steps.
- Critical thinking: Debugging code requires students to think critically about their work and identify and fix errors.
- Creativity: Coding allows students to express their creativity and design new solutions to problems.
- Collaboration: Many coding projects require students to work together as a team to achieve a common goal.
- Communication: Effective communication is essential for both coding and working on a team.
- Persistence: Learning to code can be challenging, but it also teaches students the importance of persistence and hard work.
Boosting student engagement and achievement
Studies have shown that computer science education can improve student engagement and achievement across all subjects.
Learning to code can help students develop a deeper understanding of math, science, and other subjects. It can also help them become more creative, confident, and independent learners.
Preparing students for a globalized world
In today’s globalized economy, it is more important than ever for students to be able to communicate and collaborate with people from different cultures. Computer science education can help students develop the skills they need to succeed in a globalized world.
Making computer science accessible to all students
Computer science education should be accessible to all students, regardless of their background or socioeconomic status. By providing access to quality computer science education, we can help ensure that all students have the opportunity to succeed in the 21st century.
How to get started
If you are interested in starting a computer science program at your school, we have several resources available to help you.
Here are a few suggestions:
- Participate in the Code Savvy MNCodes Educator Cohort
- Attend a Code Savvy Professional Development Session
- Start a Girls Who Code Afterschool Coding Club (they’re not just for girls!)
- Take the Code.org training to become a certified CS teacher for your district
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss even more!
By providing our students with a strong foundation in computer science, we are helping them to become lifelong learners and successful citizens in the digital age. We are preparing them for successful careers, developing essential life skills, and boosting student engagement and achievement. Let’s make sure that all students have access to quality computer science education.