Are You Ready For The 21st Century?
We live in a world immersed in technology. Computer Science (not “computer literacy”) underlies most innovation today, from biotechnology, manufacturing, and marketing to cinematography, healthcare, and national security. Yet the majority of U.S. schools require only that students use computers. Only a tiny fraction of American students learn the foundations of the underlying technology, or how to create software, apps, or web sites. The ability to innovate with technology is critical for students’ future success and ability to make a difference in our global society. Computer Science provides a foundation for virtually any career and every student can benefit from learning the basics.
Hour of Code 2013
This year, for Computer Science Education Week, a massive global campaign called the Hour of Code is geared up to enable 10 million students to experience an hour of programming, or coding. Programming is a critical tool for Computer Science and provides a basis to begin understanding the central role computation holds in our world today. On Monday, December 9, 2013, between 1:30pm-4:30pm, Berry College will host an Hour of Code event for students and other members of the Berry community. Drop in any time to engage in a one-hour introduction to programming, designed to demystify “code” and show that anyone can learn the basics to be a maker, a creator, an innovator. (Bring your own device or use the machines in our computer labs – MAC 228/233.)
Did You Know?
- Software jobs outnumber students 3-to-1. The gap – between available jobs and number of graduating students qualified to fill them – is 1 million jobs over 10 years.
- 90% of K-12 schools in the U.S. do not teach Computer Science. In many other countries (including China, the United Kingdom, and Australia), Computer Science is – or will soon be – required.
- Computing-related jobs, in addition to being among the fastest growing occupations, offer some of the highest entry-level salaries of any bachelor’s degree.
- The basics can be learned by anybody, starting in elementary school. But fewer than 10% of students try.
Computer Science: More Than Just Using Technology
Computer Science teaches design, logical reasoning, and problem solving – skills that are valuable well beyond the classroom. The ability to create and adapt new technologies distinguishes Computer Science from computer literacy, which focuses more on using existing technologies (e.g., word processing, spreadsheets).