The vision for Hour of Code is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science, just like biology, chemistry or algebra. Code.org organizes the annual Hour of Code campaign which has engaged 10% of all students in the world, and provides the leading curriculum for K-12 computer science in the largest school districts in the United States.
Think Network Technologies, the Durango School District 9-R and the Durango Education Foundation teamed up to bring the Hour of Code during Computer Science Education Week to local schools in Durango. Park Elementary & Sunnyside Elementary students were awarded with a certificate once they completed their Hour of Code. Seven students from Miller Middle School, Escalante Middle School and Durango Shared School were awarded with a scholarship from Think Network Technologies to continue their education in Computer Science.
“Every child should be given the opportunity to learn about computer science whether they pursue it as a career or not, because it gives you invaluable knowledge in any job industry,” says Melissa Glick, CEO of Think Network Technologies. “Only 26% of software professionals are women. We would like to see that percentage increase and the Hour of Code is already helping with that.”
Students and teachers were able to choose from a variety of activities for kindergarten and up. Activities worked on any modern browser, tablet, smartphone, or even with no computer at all.
- More girls have tried computer science through Hour of Code than in the last 70 years.
- 67% of computing jobs are outside the tech sector.
- There are more than 500,000 computing jobs open nationwide. Computer science graduates enjoy the second-highest starting salary and the highest full-time employment rate (76%) within six months of graduation.
- Last year only 42,969 computer science students graduated into the workforce.