Computer Science Education Week
This week, December 8-14, 2014, is National Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek); an annual program dedicated to inspiring K-12 students to take interest in computer science. The primary way this initiative is promoted is through Hour of Code, with the objective being to expand participation in computer science by making it available in more schools, and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color.
Anyone can learn to write code by using the interactive tutorials provided for free on code.org
You can even learn by coding a Christmas tree at the White House!
Last night I had the pleasure of attending the Charleston Women in Tech event, hosted by the Charleston Digital Corridor. While there, the women from our local Google data center in Moncks Corner were running a demonstration of Google's newer initiative, CS First. CS First is a free Google program focused on increasing student access and exposure to computer science (CS) education through after-school, in-school, and summer programs.
Charleston is one of the cities piloting the CS First program, and the clubs are run by volunteers in the community. The Google ladies were seeking volunteers from the Charleston Women in Tech group to help run an all-girls code camp, as well as volunteer to run a CS First club session in any of our local schools. Interested? Sign up to be a guru!
Online Learning Options
Looking to learn code, but aren't in school anymore? Here a few online resources to help get you started:
Udacity: try their Introduction to Computer Science course, a college course taught online, for free. It might take you up to 3 months to complete, but you'll learn Python and computer science basic principles.
Learn in Charleston
Want to learn from an actual human being? Good thing Charleston offers a few options for those wanting some more hands-on assistance with their learning and the chance to meet local industry partners.
The Iron Yard located just off of Shem Creek, the Iron Yard Charleston is 3 months of intensive instruction, plus assistance securing a job offer after graduation.
CODEcamp Charleston is a community-sourced training program offered by the Charleston Digital Corridor. Choose from a front-end track, back-end track, or an assortment of electives and seminars.