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Coding in Elementary School

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in Elementary Schools
Coding Clubs
Kids and Computer Science is one of the hottest topics in education today. Regardless of your stance on the subject, offering elementary students an afterschool Coding Club is a fun and popular way to keep them engaged in fun beginner coding programs.
the basic logic of coding will serve all students well as they move through school toward college
WHY CODING?
Computer Science and Computer Engineering are top paying College Degrees
Fact:
But:
But of degrees CS & Engineering only make up about 10%
link to the article
Break down of College Majors
Source Code.org
Over 2.5 million students took AP Exams in 2015
Fact:
Source College Board
Of 2.5 million students who took AP exams 1.97% were CS
Fact:
Source College Board
Source AP College Board
Computer Science
of the 2 million students less than 50,000 took CS
And:
Of that, only 22% are girls
And:
% of Girls in AP Computer Science in 2014 & 2015
So why introduce CS
in Elementary School?
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Show students CS can be fun
Prepare them for more rigorous CS later
Spark interest in CS early. Particularly among girls & minorities
keeps their interest
familiarity
inspiration
Using fun web based and mobile coding programs let them experiment, have fun and grow.
How?
Try new things
Play with Hardware and Software
Expand their Technology Knowledge Base