Nationwide, over 17 million people participated in an Hour of Code, December 9-15, 2014, with students writing over 563 million lines of code. In Utah, approximately 57,500 elementary, secondary, and postsecondary students participated in the event.
“Southwest Applied Technology College had over 70 students and faculty participate in the Hour of Code. The Hour of Code went so well, some chose to go above and beyond and learn more about programming from codecademy.com and khanacademy.org. I personally think this was a great experience. I can’t wait to see what kind of technology and programs we are going to have [in the future], since many students have now chosen programming as a profession,” said Scott Nelson, Information Technology Teaching Assistant at Southwest Applied Technology College.
Congratulations to Jackson Elementary School, in Salt Lake City, Utah, who was awarded a classroom set of laptop computers, by Computer Science Education Week, for their Hour of Code plan.
National Computer Science Facts:
> Computer science is a top paying college degree.
> Less than 2.4 percent of college students graduate with a degree in computer science. And the numbers have dropped since the last decade.
> Exposure to computer science leads to some of the best-paying jobs in the world. However, 75 percent of the population is underrepresented.
> Computer programming jobs are growing at two times the national average.
> While, 57 percent of bachelor’s degrees are earned by women, just 12 percent of computer science degrees are awarded to women.
> 9 out of 10 schools don’t offer computer programming classes.
Utah Computer Science Facts:
> Utah is one of 14 states that require students to take computer science in order to graduate.
> Approximately one-third of Utah high schools teach computer programming or computer science.
> Approximately 20 Utah schools are teaching a new ninth-grade elective called “Exploring Computer Science.”
“My classes participated in the Hour of Code. I feel like this was a great experience for all of my students to better understand problem solving, but more importantly to get excited about programming. After watching the short intro videos, students were surprised by how many notable people and “cool” people were getting involved in coding. The most exciting thing for me was their enthusiasm for coding. I had a few students complete “Beyond an Hour of Code” (the 20 hour course) for which they received a prize of their choice. What’s even more exciting is that instead of students asking to play games at the end of class, I now have students asking if they can code. What a great opportunity this has been! I would do this again in a heartbeat!” said Kimberly Mendenhall, Computer Technology teacher at Fort Herriman Middle School, Jordan School District.
Students, talk to your school counselor to sign up for a course in one of six Utah Information Technology Education Pathways. By participating in a computer science course you will learn to think creatively, develop problem solving skills, and how to write code.
Utah news stories highlighting the Hour of Code event:
Should Utah require computer coding before graduation?
Event aims to spark kids’ interest in computer science
Monte Vista Students Join Millions in Hour of Code