Changing the Face of Computer Science, One Hour at a Time

November 15, 2013

In a world increasingly dependent on technology, the ability to code — that is, to write programs that make computers do things — is critical to the future of innovation and our economy. That means computer science is crucial for every student, especially girls. In our 2010 report on the alarmingly low number of women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, we recommended encouraging girls to take computer science classes so that the face of computer science would start to change.

Now we’re taking that recommendation to the next level by participating in the Hour of Code, one of many events planned for Computer Science Education Week, December 9–15. A one-hour introduction to computer science, the Hour of Code demystifies coding and empowers girls (or anyone, really) through how-to videos for coders at all levels: beginners, students, folks without Internet access, or more advanced coders looking to make their own apps or learn JavaScript.

So how can you get involved?

  1. Show your support for computer science education. Sign this petition urging leaders in your state and community to make computer science education available to every student at every school.
  2. Encourage your governor, city council, and mayor to proclaim Computer Science Education Week in your state and community.
  3. During the week of December 9–15, organize an Hour of Code event.

To everyone who participated in Computer Science Education Week: Thank you!

Rachel Wallace By:   |   November 15, 2013