Computer Science Momentum,
of this year’s Computer Science Education
Week, December 8-14. With widespread
international participation, bringing the
Hour of Code into millions of classrooms
can kick start computer science opportunities beyond what we have achieved this
year. Join us. Ir
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During last December’s “Computer
Science Education Week” alone, 15
million students worldwide tried an
Hour of Code. About 500,000 students
have continued to try it every week
since. This year, stories about computer science education appeared in
The Economist, The New York Times
and The Washington Post; they made
it into The Times of India, building on
the work of longtime educators and
advocates [ 3, 4, 6, 7].
The good news? We are all closer than
ever to giving students the opportunities
to learn computer science.
Within three months of its launch,
20,000 teachers were using Code.org’s [ 2]
follow-on, 20-hour Intro to Computer Science course, with over one million students
enrolled worldwide. Of participating teachers
surveyed, 99 percent said they’d recommend
the course to another teacher. Ninety-eight
percent said they’d teach it again.
Beyond One Hour—New
Curriculum for All Ages
I often hear from teachers who have offered an Hour of Code that kids loved it so
much that it turned into a day of code, a
week of code and then into a whole club
or class. This fall, we will introduce new, expanded curriculum to go beyond one hour,
curriculum that is free, open source and
available for educators to use worldwide.
Three levels of elementary courses offer
online, self-guided tutorials with scaffolded sets of programming and algorithmic
thinking activities, and kinesthetic unplugged lessons to model computational
concepts. Code.org is offering free curriculum workshops through approximately
100 affiliates for elementary teachers in
the United States.
At the middle-school level, Code.org
is releasing interdisciplinary computer
science modules for existing math and sci-
ence courses, in partnership with groups
Bootstrap [ 1] and Project GUTS (Growing
Up Thinking Scientifically) [ 5]. To prepare
educators for “Middle School Science,”
Project GUTS is offering an eight-week
professional development MOOC through
a grant from Google’s Computer Science
for High School (CS4HS) program.
High school students in 30 US school
districts—reaching two million students—
will begin a course from the nationally-recognized, National Science Foundation
(NSF)-supported group, Exploring Computer Science. Some will participate in a
pilot for Computer Science Principles.
One Hour of Code,
100 Million Students?
A year ago, all of this was just coming together with a coalition of partners including ACM, corporate donors Microsoft and
Google, and nonprofits like the College
Board. Now, we have permanent computer science courses in more schools than
ever. Students in 170 countries, using 36
languages, tried computer science for the
first time through the movement—from
India to Iceland, Colombia to Cambodia.
I challenge us to work together to in-
troduce 100 million students to computer
science with one Hour of Code by the end