Today – on the first day of 2014 Computer Science Education Week (#CSEdWeek) – President Obama is welcoming approximately 30 middle-school-aged students from Newark, NJ, and Brooklyn, NY, to roll up their sleeves, get online together, and participate in an “Hour of Code” here at the White House. These students will join millions of people around the world who are participating in similar Hour of Code events this week to get familiar with the basics of computer programming through innovative online tutorials for learners of all ages.
Recognizing the importance of connecting America’s students with tech-skills that are increasingly relevant to how we live, work, learn, play, and create, President Obama issued a call during last year’s CSEdWeek to the education community, businesses, foundations, and non-profit organizations to help support and expand access to computer science education in K-12 schools.
In an important step to achieve these goals, the Obama Administration today announced more progress – sharing a host of new commitments that will help give millions of additional students access to computer science education. These include:
By 2020, more than half of all science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) jobs are projected to be in computer science-related fields. Yet a large majority of K-12 schools still don’t offer computer programming classes. That’s why commitments like those announced today by schools, companies, organizations, and communities across the country are so essential.
We’re thrilled to see the progress being made across the country to connect kids with computer science. Here at the White House, we’ll be celebrating Computer Science Education Week all week with additional events and activities. We urge everyone join the celebration, take and hour, and get coding!
For more information on the commitments being announced today, click here.
Megan Smith is the U.S. Chief Technology Officer @USCTO
Danielle Carnival is Senior Policy Advisor, Science Division, White House Office of Science & Technology Policy @WhiteHouseOSTP