October 22, 2015 AT 1:24 pm

Hour of Code is coming, December 7-13, 2015! #HourOfCode


Hour of Code is coming, December 7-13, 2015!

Bring computer science to your school. Start with an Hour of Code

Computers are everywhere, but fewer schools teach computer science than 10 years ago. Good news is, we’re on our way to change this. If you heard about the Hour of Code last year, you might know it made history. In the first Hour of Code, 15 million students tried computer science. Last year, that number increased to 60 million students! The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics. Sign up to host an Hour of Code this December 7-13 during Computer Science Education Week. To add your school to the map, go to https://hourofcode.com/us

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1 Comment

  1. I have a few comments – first regarding the top chart, and a couple of follow ups.

    # Computer Jobs listed – from my experience there are perhaps 1/5 to 1/10 the ACTUAL number of jobs out there as are listed. For example: there’s an actual job – at XYZ Corp for a Programmer/Analyst (whatever). Then there are 9 other Job Shops – either placement firms or contract shops trying to get that job first, hire a cheap programmer (hourly) and enjoy the difference.

    # of Computer Sci Grads – there’s no real requirement for a degree. Certainly not like an EE or Civil Engineer. Two of my best friends – both extremely good developers – neither have a degree. One has a business degree (pre-ComputerSci). The other – no degree at all.
    That’s just falling into the University Money trough right there.

    Lastly: 75% of ‘our population’ is underrepresented.
    I’d add a different pie chart: programmer/developers hired: 99% age 55 & below / 1% age 55 and above. Might even lower that ’55’ age level to 50. There is a TREMENDOUS Youth Bias in hiring. I remember sitting in an interview with three 25-28 year olds – ‘we… just… don’t think you’d fit in here.’ they said. Wow. I was 45 … THEN.

    I appreciate the graphs, and the attempt. I just think the numbers are a little off.

    Mike Y
    Dallas, Texas

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