Teaching Our Children to Code – The Hour to Code

CSEdWeek_logo_square_red_RGB_0How important do you think it is for the United States to have plenty of computer programmers? Pretty important, right? Just think about how much technology you’re surrounded by every single minute of your life. Our use of technology and software is obviously only going to grow. This is why we believe it’s crucial to teach our children to code. One way we can all easily do that is to support the Hour to Code initiative.

The Hour to Code is one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify “code” and show that anyone can learn the basics to be a maker, a creator, an innovator.

The idea is the fruit of the Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) and two organizations helping to drive the importance of computing into our nations’s schools, Computing in the Core and Code.org. CSEdWeek, is an annual program dedicated to showing K-12 students the importance of computer science education.

I first found out about the Hour to Code from a close family friend (and former Teacher of the Year) who happens to be the Director of Education Initiatives at SAS Institute. I couldn’t have put it better than her. Here’s an except from her post:

During Computer Science Education Week, December 9 – 15, SAS and many others will draw attention to some startling facts:

  • The number of computer science jobs is growing three times faster than the number of graduates.
  • By 2020, the US is projected to have 1 million computing jobs unfilled!

There is huge concern about how we can fill these jobs, but the more significant question is this: How can the US innovate without computer scientists? This is no longer just an issue for our education system, it is an economic issue.

Schools across the US will celebrate Computer Science Education Week (CSEDWeek) by participating in an exciting new initiative called The Hour of Code.  It is a one-hour introduction to computer science that demystifies computer programming, or “coding,” and shows how anyone can create and innovate with a computer. The goal is to involve 10 million students in free coding activities.

Listen, if my 6 year old can say the Pledge of Allegiance in English and Spanish surely it’s not too early to teach her about computers and simple programming concepts.

I mean just think about it…doesn’t it make sense that we should be teaching our kids to code? I don’t know if we should be removing cursive writing from the curriculum but we should definitely be adding basic computer science to it. That seems like a no brainer.

I am personally reaching out to all the public schools that use MemberHub and letting them know about the Hour to Code. I hope you’ll help me promote this too.

  • You can go here to promote the event (even if you just tweet about it)
  • Schools, read this…it’s all there for you to hold the event
  • Here are ton of resources to promote the Hour of Code

We’re trying to learn more about how we can help schools pull this off. We want to help. So tell your school about this and let us know what we can do to help!