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9 Charts Every Middle & High School Parent Must See

Backed by data from reputed sources, these charts provide a great insight into where opportunities lie for our children. Learning to code provides your children with the skills needed to capitalize on these opportunities.

What to Do Next : Learning to code sets your child up for unprecedented level of college and career success. See if our program is right for your child.

1. Computing jobs are the #1 source of new wages in the US

There are an estimated 500,000 current job openings in the computing field today. These jobs are in every industry and in every state. It they are projected to grow at twice the rate of all other jobs.

2. The STEM Opportunity is in computer science

Despite the significant focus on STEM, what is missed out is that 71% of all new STEM jobs are in computing. However, only 8% of STEM graduates are in computing. This mismatch create significant opportunities for children with computing background.

3. Computer science graduates earn 40% more than other college graduates

It is a lucrative field to be working in. The average lifetime earnings of a computer science graduate is 40% more than other college graduates. The gap between demand and supply continues to increase resulting in increases in wages for people with computing skill.

4. Learning to code appeal peaks in middle school

This is important particularly for girls. During middle school, children are more open to learning new skills, tend to believe computing as cool and the gender stereotypes haven’t set in that hard. 79% of working professionals got their first serious exposure to coding in middle school.

5. Most parents want their child to learn computer science

More and more parents are seeing the broader trend and want their child to learn computer science. Since most schools don’t offer it, parents are enrolling their children in supplemental coding programs for their children to acquire these skills.

6. 204% increase in students taking high-school computer science courses

There was a 204% increase in the # of students taking AP computer science in high-school. Students are starting to recognize the value of a high-school computer science courses. It leads to a future in 130 career areas and 48 college majors.

7. Computer Science is integrating in every college major

As computing enters every aspect of model life, college education is also starting to reflect that. Some of the recent advances in many fields are being powered by the integration of computing to those fields. Watch this video to see what you child can expect to see when they get into college.

8. Coding helps bring ideas to life

Some of the big companies that we know today are being founded by individuals who knew how to code. When they know how to code, an idea doesn’t die after a conversation. They build a basic version and see how people react to it. When there is a positive response, they build on it. Airbnb, Instacart, Dropbox was all build that way. By giving them the skill of coding, you can give wings to your child’s ideas.

9. Many emerging fields are driven by software

The exciting fields over the next 10-20 year that our children will make their careers in are all driven by software. Knowing how to code gives them an edge to thrive in these jobs of the future.

What to Do Next : Learning to code sets your child up for unprecedented level of college and career success. See if our program is right for your child.

Coding Workshop at Ann Richards School

Coding Workshop at Ann Richards School

A little while ago, I spent 2 full-days at the Ann Richards school for young women leaders introducing real coding to 7th grade students. What an amazing opportunity to contribute back to the community.

Ann Richards School (ARS) is a one-of-a-kind school. It’s a public all-girls school of choice that serves grades 6 – 12 for the Austin Independent School District. 100% of the students are accepted to college. More than 60% of the students are the first generation college bound. Students wouldn’t have these opportunities available to them, if not for ARS.

Below are some pictures from the workshop. Coding Workshop at Ann Richards School

A couple of weeks after the event, I got these plethora of hand-written thank you notes. I was speechless that those kids took the time to make this and mail it to me.

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Kids Coding Is Fun And Rewarding

Kids Coding Is Fun And Rewarding

Garima was like any other middle school kid who thought sitting at a computer and typing stuff would be boring.

But now she is a rising star at Yale!

Garima never tried coding until she was in sophomore year of high school. But when she reflects back on her high school years, she feels she should have started learning to code much earlier!

As a mentor at Girls Who Code chapter at Westwood, Garima wants kids to understand that coding is actually fun and rewarding too.

Read about Garima’s journey through learning to code, in her own words.

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Is Your Child Prepared to Work on Driverless Cars?

Preparing our children for future is to prepare them for jobs that don’t exist yet.

One area that will open up some very interesting jobs and careers over the next 10-15 years is driverless cars.

And, driverless cars is mostly software.

Last week, I met this interesting team that demonstrated the core construct of driverless cars. Even though they are doing it for educational purposes, it explained the core idea pretty well.

The car is basically taking pictures and sending sensory information to a computer. After computation, the computer sends information back to the car on how it should move.

It is a Python program that does all the computations on the information received and converts it back to usable commands to be sent back to the car.

If you think about it, bulk of the challenges on making this reliably work is all in the software.

If your son or daughter would like to work on driverless cars, it is more likely they would be working on software. Even if they work on hardware parts of the project, it is impossible to be effective without understanding software.

There in lies the need and the promise of getting our children to learn to code.

The Promise of Learning to Code – Spoon University Story

The Promise of Learning to Code - Spoon University Story

Last weekend, CodeWizardsHQ sponsored a Hackathon in Austin. Austin Mayor Steve Adler was at the event to give a keynote and announce the winners.

He shared an interesting personal story. A story that shows the promise learning to code has for our children.

His said that his third daughter had a business idea while in high school. Without knowing how to code, she didn’t have the skills to bring her idea to life.

She enrolled in a course and learnt to code. Step-by-step she brought that idea to life. Her company is called spoonuniversity.com. It now employs 20 people. She is the co-founder and CTO.

He said, “Her company is getting buyout offers putting her in a very good place at the age of 24”.

No one can guarantee our children a specific outcome as a result of learning something.

But we want to avoid this for our children: They had a brilliant idea and it never came to life just because they didn’t know how to code.

Coding Classes for Kids: Listings in 25+ Cities. Find One Near You.

coding classes for kids

In the swirling world of technology, most parents know and they want coding classes for kids.

But some parents still construe learning to code as becoming a programmer. While it may be true for a few kids, attending programming classes early in life develops many skills that don’t necessarily develop through the traditional education system.

To understand this better, check out our article 5 Educational Leaders Share the Most Important Benefit of Learning to Code.

To make things easier, here we’ve carefully listed coding classes for kids (based on cities) for those of you who are hunting for good programming classes for kids.

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Teaching Programming To Kids In New Ways

Teaching Programming To Kids In New Ways

Teaching programming to kids may seem very intimidating, especially when there are so many websites that encourage and introduce coding to kids.

Recently, there was an amazing article about how many parents want to teach programming to kids. But unlike reading to your children or teaching them to count, preparing children to code can feel daunting and unnatural.

The article goes on to explain ways in which parents can prepare themselves and spend time with their children and teach programming to kids. It is not as daunting as it first seems.

You can get the full article here.

But, we realize it is hard. You need a lot of time, a willingness to learn coding and the patience to teach it. Some parents might not have the luxury of that. In that case, explore if CodeWizardsHQ’s might be a solution for your needs.

 

How Coding Is Infiltrating Everywhere! [Video]

How Coding Is Infiltrating Everywhere!

The below video makes a compelling case on how computer science (CS) is finding its way into every aspect of life. Coding skills have become necessary in every field.

As a result, Northwestern Univesity is doing a $165M expansion of their computer science department. And they are versioning out computer science courses for the various subjects – CS for Journalism, CS for Art, CS for Engineering etc.

The key message is this – Whatever field your child gets into, a solid background in coding will set them apart, provide them an edge and give them the skills to thrive.

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19 Coding Websites for Kids: Elementary, Middle, and High School Students

coding websites for kids

We’ve all know that we need to teach kids to code.

We’re surrounded by tech. Our children need to understand how tech works so that they are more than just consumers of technology. And, coding is where the jobs will be.

But the question remains, how to make sure our children learn coding.

One path is to use a website that teaches kids to code, but which one?

Here’s an age wise list of sites that teach kids to code. These 19 coding websites for kids are organized by age. The list includes both paid and free resources to give you some ideas.

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For Elementary School Students
For Middle School Students
For High School Students

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