Computers are everywhere, changing every industry on the planet, but fewer than half of all schools teach computer science. Girls and minorities in particular are severely underrepresented in computer science classes, and in the tech industry.
With that in mind, starting in the 2016-17 school year, TCPS joined a special learning event: The Hour of Code. The Hour of Code is organized by the nonprofit Code.org and over 100 other groups. Hour of Code is a global movement founded on the belief that the students of today are ready to learn critical skills for 21st century success.
We have since incorporated weekly coding classes using the Code.org curriculum for our Kindergarten through 5th grade classes and have offered an after school robotics program as another option for our students. We have had technical professionals from businesses such as Qualcomm, Intuit, Ocean Aero, United States Navy, Scripps Institute of Oceanography, City of San Diego, Microsoft and other great organizations that have come in to present interactive talks and participate in hands-on activities with our students on the real-world applications of coding. Our students complete many fun coding projects and have the opportunity to present these to other students, parents, and community members.