- New programming jobs are growing 3 times faster than the number of students entering the field.
- More than 50 percent of all math and science jobs are for computer scientists.
- Computer science jobs are the highest-paying jobs for new college graduates (Code.org).
Software powers our economy, but, less than 2.4 percent of college students graduate with a CS degree. That means there aren’t going to be enough graduates to fill the jobs. To make matters worse, 95 percent of US schools don’t teach programming.
Fortunately, there’s something we can do about it. Again this December, we in Newton-Conover City Schools are going to give students a taste of coding by participating in a national hour of computer science instruction called the Hour of Code. The hour is part of Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 5-9), and our goal is to get kids to think, create, and have a blast — all while learning some computer programming.
From device-led activities to unplugged activities, the Hour of Code campaign during Computer Science Education Week is an opportunity to open that door to better our students and our community. Newton-Conover City Schools is pleased to announce that we are supporting and advocating for the Hour of Code initiative in our district from December 5th-9th, 2016!
We are asking all teachers in Newton-Conover to
Take the N-CCS Pledge for Coding now
for one day between 12/5-12/9!
Want to get involved?! You know you do. Here’s how!:
- Click here for the 2016 N-CCS Hour of Code Hyperdoc — filled with turn-key coding resources by grade level, and information on the available rewards for you, your students, and your school!
- Click here to Take the Pledge for your students to do an Hour of Code next week!
- Click here to see who has taken the pledge (and nudge others in your school to do the same!).
- Our goal for participation next week is at least 1,000 Newton-Conover students, and we can’t meet that without your help!
- Click here to submit student products (completely optional).
Thank you for being an important part of preparing our students for a future we can’t predict. To learn more about ways to increase CS learning for K-12 students, read the 2016 Gallup report Trends in the State of Computer Science in U.S. K-12Schools. We hope you will build better students by participating in Hour of Code in Newton-Conover City Schools next week!