Highline Public Schools working to promote Computer Science in big ways

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At 6 out of 10 schools nationwide, students get no opportunity to take computer science, but in Highline Public Schools, students can take computer science across the district. And this week, during Computer Science Education Week, students at every school are trying their hand at coding.

Students in kindergarten through 12th grade – and their families – are having fun learning how to code. From school-wide assemblies, to ambassadors from Code.org fanning out to cheerlead and assist, to student-taught coding lessons in elementary school, to family-oriented Hour of Code nights, Highline schools and staff are pulling together districtwide to spark interest in computer science.

Some examples of Highline’s Computer Science Week activities:

  • 40 students at Mount View Elementary led their classmates and school in a one-hour introduction to coding on Tuesday. The students are members of the school’s Thursday Coding Club. This week, they will fan out across their school to teach a coding lesson in every classroom. Read more.
  • These 10 Highline schools took a pledge to support and promote implementation of computer science for all in their communities in partnership with the CSforAll Consortium. See list.
  • Chinook Middle School is hosting an Hour of Code Family Night on Thursday for the community, including its feeder elementary schools and the Tyee Campus. TechBridge girls will be helping out at this event. Read more about the ongoing TechBridge program here.
  • The high schools at Evergreen Campus are hosting events on Thursday with visitors from Code.org.
  • McMicken Elementary is inviting families to a Family Technology Night on Thursday.
  • Midway Elementary designed computer science events throughout the week culminating in a Friday assembly to celebrate with ambassadors from Code.org.
  • Many other Highline schools are hosting Hour of Code Events, including Highline High School, Tyee Campus, Cascade Middle School, Pacific Middle School, Sylvester Middle School, and Big Picture. Elementary schools planning activities include Shorewood, Mount View, Seahurst, Des Moines, Marvista, Hazel Valley, Madrona, and Parkside.

The skill of the future is computer science, and the future is here now at Highline Public Schools. Besides participating in Computer Science Week, Highline students can take computer science courses across the district and many schools offer coding or technology clubs. Classes include:

  • In an introductory course, Exploring Computer Science, students learn about the fundamentals of computer science.
  • Now students at four high schools can also take Advanced Placement computer science.
  • Next year, AP Computer Science Principles will be offered at two additional high schools.

Here are two videos about the program:

AP Computer Science Principles from Highline Public Schools on Vimeo.

Read more about Highline’s computer science classes here.

A White House Fact Sheet reflecting on a year of action on computer science was released today. There are half a million open technology jobs in the United States today, and that number is projected to more than double within the next 4 years. These jobs pay 50 percent more than the average private-sector job. Half of top-paying jobs require some computer science or coding skills, but only 40 percent of schools in the U.S. offer computer science.

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One Response to “Highline Public Schools working to promote Computer Science in big ways”
  1. Out here on the edge says:

    All for this! As someone who had no pc skills prior to 2000, I learned the basics from kids at our public library, where the Gates Foundation had just added a 4 pc computer lab. I soon got my own pc and learned just enough coding to put my business online. It proved to be a good niche .com and it continues to support me to this day.

    Believe me, when I first was learning how things worked, I would often feel like giving-up. It seemed beyond my grasp. Then the next day I would figure it out a little bit more and feel like aces! I have seen articles about centers in New York and other major cities that provide free assistance to seniors to learn how to use their pcs and other devices. This could be of such benefit to so many. I would love to see Burien do the same.

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