Computer science is all the rage with students across the Asia Pacific


Students studying computer skills in Jakarta Indonesia

Courses like Computer Sciences are still an elective in Ontario High Schools, something this provinces Minister of Education, Mitzie Hunter says she's reviewing.

"Computer science plays a significant role in revolutionizing business & industry, creating new fields of commerce, and driving technological breakthroughs across all fields of science", said Governor Ducey before his arrival to the event. This year, Pariss Chandler, who learned to code over just eight weeks and recently landed a developer position at a local organization, will return to Amigos Elementary, the bilingual elementary school she attended in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to lead an Hour of Code and inspire the next generation to learn computer science skills essential in today's job market.

It's also been recognised that teaching code provides learners with stimulating mental exercises which support cognitive development, and help students develop skills which are essential for the 21st century, such as complex problem solving skills, critical thinking skills and creativity.

McCarthy said the Hour of Code is when students go online and learn how to code on a website while doing activities.

Did you know that computing is the #1 source of wages in the U.S.? Meanwhile, the state of Arkansas announced that it will be dedicating $500,000 to the creation of a first-of-its-kind stipend program for existing K-8 teachers in the state who are interested in receiving training to teach computer science.

Vietnamese girls use a laptop and smart phones to go online at a cafe in Hanoi. Source AP

Younger students will also be participating in Computer Science Education Week. The initiative was initially launched in the United States to "demystify the art of coding" and expand student participation in computer science. Beyond the workshops, kids from kindergarten and up can check out these one-hour, self-guided coding tutorials.

Why should kids learn how to code, anyway? Under each block is a line of Java code and the students can "look under the hood" to see the actual code which is being used. Last year, only 42,969 computer science students graduated into the workforce in the US.

Students have the option of a Minecraft, Star Wars, or Angry Birds coding program.

The initiative is part of an attempt to get underrepresented groups of people to try computer coding, according to Instructional Technology Resource Teacher for Harrisonburg City Schools, Stacey Penrod.

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