Code.org raises $12 million from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and others

05 December, 2017, 01:53 | Author: Darrell Baldwin
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According to Hadi Partovi, founder and CEO of Code.org, 10 million girls now have accounts on the site.

Those who made the pledge include Florida Governor Rick Scott, who made a $15 million investment to increase opportunities for middle and high school students and California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, who launched a Computer Science for California campaign to bring CS education to all students in California by 2025. The event gets its name from an hour-long introduction to computer science class designed by Code.org. Meanwhile, the state of Arkansas announced that it will be dedicating $500,000 to the creation of a first-of-its-kind stipend program for existing K-8 teachers in the state who are interested in receiving training to teach computer science. However, in 2015, just under 1,300 postsecondary students graduated with computer science degrees in NC. Through online competitions, students and teachers participating in Computer Science Education Week can win the chance to video chat directly with public figures like the Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry or the Seattle Seahawks' Russell Wilson.

McCarthy said she hopes her students feel prepared when they enter high school and take other science related courses.




"Computer science education provides foundational learning in computational thinking that enables students to develop and apply critical thinking skills, demonstrate imagination and creativity, practice collaboration, exhibit leadership, and employ problem-solving skills", the proclamation reads.

Celebrities have joined the movement this year to boost computer science education.

The vast majority of computer science jobs are held by men, but the district is working to change that trend by encouraging more female students and minority female students to participate.

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