Arizona Science Center | Code.org Regional Partner
We are excited to be an official partner of Code.org!
Through our partnership with Code.org, we are bringing high-quality, computer science-focused training to educators across Arizona. Code.org’s program supports K–12 teachers and principals in their efforts to develop the fundamental knowledge and strategies they need to create the next generation of coders. If you’ve ever considered teaching computer science or know other teachers who might love it, Code.org’s professional learning programs are an ideal place to begin.
Code.org has helped prepare nearly 100K elementary, middle, and high school teachers to offer computer science, 98 percent of whom say they would recommend the program to another teacher. Scholarships are available for computer science professional learning.
Computer science (CS) drives job growth and innovation throughout the economy and society. Arizona currently has 9,860 open computing jobs, almost three times the average jo demand rate in Arizona. Open jobs in computing alone represent more than $860 million in terms of economic opportunity for Arizona residents.
Significant disparities exist between the need for building Arizona’s CS workforce and access to CS education for students, and most notably for underrepresented groups. The biggest challenge in providing students with equitable access to computer science (CS) is that there are still not enough teachers to teach it. The biggest misconception that schools and teachers have about teaching CS is that it takes years of preparation.
In partnership with Code.org, Arizona educators have the opportunity to take the first steps in bringing computer science to their schools. Check out our upcoming CS workshops for educators, available in June 2019, click here for more details.
If you’re interested in supporting this or other professional development opportunities, please contact Tammy Stewart, Chief Development Officer, at email@example.com or 602.716.2000 ext. 223.