A new emphasis on STEM subjects, coding, and problem solving has resulted in more students learning computer science at a young age.
Most of the elentary school students in the Marysville, Washington school district will receive 40 minutes of computer science lessons weekly as part of their core instruction, including kindergartener. Even the youngest sstudent will benefit from a national emphasis on computer science.
Technology leaders say it isn’t just about learning to code. It’s about learning how computers work. Computer science requires logical thinking, as well as creativity. Across the country, schools in major cities are expanding courses in computer science, and some are making it a required course for high school.
“In the 21st century, computer science is just as foundational as biology, chemistry,” said Hadi Partovi, founder and CEO of Code.org. The Seattle-based national nonprofit works to expand access to computer science and increase participation by women and minorities.