Governor Ducey Kicks Off Computer Science Education Week

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The governor engaged in "Hour of Code" activities with students and teachers during his visit. However, in 2015, just under 1,300 postsecondary students graduated with computer science degrees in NC. So far, more than 450 million students have signed up. In addition, fewer than 6,000 K-12 students are enrolled in a computer science course. This year's Computer Science Education Week starts today and there are over 122,000 Hour of Code global events registered to happen throughout the week.

Schools across the country are teaching students about Computer Science. Several cities - including Austin, Boston, Houston and Los Angeles - said they would offer classes in every high school. According to a recent report from the Brookings Institution, almost two-thirds of new jobs created since 2010 can be classified as needing a "high" or "medium" number of digital skills to complete the job.

"Computer science education provides foundational learning in computational thinking that enables students to develop and apply critical thinking skills, demonstrate imagination and creativity, practice collaboration, exhibit leadership, and employ problem-solving skills", the proclamation reads.

Code.org also celebrated new pledges from states, school districts and organizations to expand access to computer science education.

"We're at the point where most states are coming around to realizing that...computer science is going to need to be part of the education curriculum, and really they're all trying to figure out what's the right way to get there", Partovi told VentureBeat.

During his visit, Governor Ducey joined Principal Seth Beute, Phoenix Union High School District Superintendent Chad Gestson, and industry partners to discuss the importance of increasing opportunities for Arizona students to participate in high-quality computer science education.

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