“Computer science and coding are priorities for the administration as we think about pathways to jobs and alignment of education to in-demand jobs in the modern economy,” remarked Ivanka Trump, daughter, and advisor to President Trump, at an event last month held by the trade group, Internet Association. With the current administration now speaking on the need for technology and computer science education, it is more relevant than ever to start learning the skills of coding and programming as soon as possible in the academic careers of students.
First reported by Cyrus Farivar, a writer at Ars Technica, Trump’s comments come on the heels of a memorandum from the President to the Board of Education calling to expand “access to computer science and education.” The memorandum goes on to note that “too many of our Nation’s K-12 and post-secondary students lack access to high-quality STEM education, and thus are at risk of being shut out from some of the most attractive job options in the growing United States economy.”
Trump went on to speak of the lack of gender and race diversity in the technology and computer industries: “Computer science and coding are priorities for the administration as we think about pathways to jobs and alignment of education to in-demand jobs in the modern economy…We do have a major diversity problem in the tech industry. We need to come together to solve for that.”
It is clear that the need for computer science literacy and skills is making its way to the forefront of policy. With grants from both the government and outside companies, such as Google, Amazon, and General Motors, paving way for an influx of tech education in schools, it is still a question of when and if all students will benefit from this.
Too Little, Too Late?
How long will it take to implement these changes in schools? Will there be enough qualified teachers in every area and school? Will students be taught how to apply computer science knowledge outside of the classroom?
Regardless, it is more and more apparent that an educational background in computer science is the necessary direction of the next generation of business, socialization, and modernization overall.
Computational Thinkers realizes this urgency and need in education. What makes Computational Thinkers different, however, is the commitment to engaging students beyond the code. The teaching techniques used in our classes inspire a love of technology. Dedicated to empowering Hawaii’s educators and students in programming and systems thinking, we believe in building “computational confidence” for ages pre-K to 99.
In our courses, students do not only use computer science; they create with it, they communicate with it, and they explore the horizons they can cross with it.
Our Computational Thinking course is the perfect introduction to the skills imperative for future industries. Topics covered include the main components of computers, instruction in logical and problem-solving thinking, as well as practice working with and designing algorithms.
Skills learned in these lessons provide the substance and application necessary for students to succeed for their further education in computer science.