The first week of December has been designated Computer Science Education Week. Created by the Computing in the Core coalition, the week is geared towards activities that encourage students to learn more about computer science. NAF is proud to join in the celebration and support this outstanding program that makes the benefits of computer science education accessible across the K-12 spectrum.
Investing in computer science, STEM education, and technology is essential to keep up with our nation’s competitive economy. Today’s students are the technology experts of tomorrow and by supplying the most relevant curriculum, applied-learning experiences, and networks, they will have everything they need to flex their innovative muscles and fuel the most in-demand, high-earning careers out there. According to Glassdoor , STEM majors top the list when it comes to the highest paying careers. One example is computer science, with a median base salary of $70,000 during the first five years after college graduation. Some of the most prevalent introductory positions include software engineer, systems engineer, and web developer.
Regardless of intended major or course plan, all students should have the opportunity to sharpen their skills and be well versed in the nuts and bolts of this discipline, as it relates to success in all of today’s careers, ranging from engineering to hospitality. Getting involved in Computer Science Education Week is easier than ever and could range from planning a lesson or activity during class time to participating in the Hour of Code – a global movement that reaches over 100 million students in more than 180 countries and provides the opportunity for every student to learn about computer science. Code.org® is a non-profit dedicated to expanding access to computer science for all students.