Over the Christmas holidays, my 12-year-old son and I took up basic coding as a hobby. Yeah, I know, we’re a weird family! But we used a website called CodeHS to work on some basic coding principals together. The letter below is from the founders of CodeHS and requests funding to help get this program in high schools across the nation and I definitely couldn’t agree with their mission statement more- High schoolers can and should know how to do basic to intermediate coding in order to ensure that they have the most opportunity for both further education and jobs post-graduation. Both of us could master these lessons and I know you could too! Consider supporting this site to promote coding and computer science throughout American High Schools!
In 2012, computers are everywhere, and computer science education should be too. At CodeHS, we’re bringing CS to every high school in America—and we’re starting by teaching 1,000 students over the next six months.
Today, CS education is essentially non-existent in American high schools. It’s hard—very hard—for high schools to offer computer science courses on their own. Developing curriculum takes time and expertise; the challenge of finding qualified candidates who want to teach is monumental; and offering salaries that can compete with industry jobs is almost impossible. As a result, less than 5% of American high schools offer computer science.
This drought is especially dire given the current economic climate and the abounding job opportunities for computer scientists. The national unemployment rate is 8%. Meanwhile, there were 100,000 unfilled CS-related jobs in 2012—and that number is rising.
CodeHS was built specifically for high school students with no previous background. We provide an accessible, fun, and easy way to start learning computer science. CodeHS provides students with a real person to give debugging help and style feedback on every single exercise. This level of attention is essential for absolute beginners.
This campaign will allow us to make CodeHS free for schools, kickstarting our effort to put CS in the national curriculum. The money raised will help pay for:
· tutors to give debugging help and feedback
· website and curriculum development costs
· integrating our platform with schools
Help us get the message out there. By bringing CS to high schools, we can teach critical thinking and problem solving, promote STEM, and prepare students for jobs of the future.