Show Your Support for Computer Science in Schools
In honor of the Maryland campaign #GivingCodeDay, which helps fund a quality computer science education, we’ve put together some resources to help parents across the nation support computing in schools.
Why Computer Science?
By 2020, there will be 1 million more computer-science-related jobs. This is more jobs than graduating students will be qualified to fill. According to a 2015 Gallup poll, only 58 percent of students in grades K–12 attend schools that have classes solely dedicated to computer science.
Computer science helps students develop critical-thinking skills alongside creativity. Teaching students computer fundamentals can create a solid foundation for future education and career paths.
About 91 percent of parents in the same Gallup survey said they would like to see their children learning more computer science in the future. If you consider yourself part of that group of parents, you can help! Take a look at the ideas below to get started in your active support for more computer science learning.
Become a Computer Science Education Advocate
- Join an Hour of Code, which offers basic computer science tutorials around the world, during Computer Science Education Week in December. Raise awareness for coding education by organizing an event at your child’s school or in your community, signing up to teach a one-hour introduction to computer science, or encouraging your child to participate in an Hour of Code event.
- Volunteer for Technology Education and Literacy in Schools (TEALS), which pairs high school teachers with professionals to build a viable computer science education. Help connect your local high school with the TEALS program, and encourage your child to speak with his or her teachers and administrators about TEALS.
- Host a Made with Code party to spark young girls’ interests in computer science. By college, only .4 percent of female freshmen plan to major in computer science, a tremendous difference from 74 percent of girls in the United States expressing interest in STEM in middle school. You can inspire young girls to pursue their interest in computer science by using the resources provided by Made with Code.
- Celebrate Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) with activities for your family, your child, and his or her friends. These can be activities like creating a skit, researching prominent computer scientists, finding local CSEdWeek events in your area, and more.
- Teach your child basic computer skills, such as memorizing keyboard shortcuts and implementing a consistent file organization system. Becoming an advocate for enhancing computer skills in the home is a small step toward more computer science education.
Does your child have an interest in computers? If so, what is his or her favorite learning activity? Share in the comments below to help our community of parents in the push for computer science learning opportunities!