It’s hard to think of an industry, a work place, or a skill where computers aren’t either a necessity or at least prevalent. Whether it’s music, art, communication, technology, medicine – you name it – computers play an integral part.
“Whether you’re trying to make a lot of money or whether you just want to change the world, computer programming is an incredibly empowering skill to learn,” says Hadi Partovi, founder of Code.org, a non-profit dedicated to growing computer programming education. “Our vision is that every student in every school has the opportunity to learn how to code. We believe computer science and computer programming should be part of the core curriculum in education, alongside other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses, such as biology, physics, chemistry and algebra.”
According to Code.org, over the next 10 years there will be 1.4 million jobs in computer science in the US, and only about 400,000 grads who qualify for those jobs. That leaves one million jobs unfilled.
To spread the word about the shortage of computer programmers, and that coding isn’t as hard as people might think, Code.org joined forces with an all-star cast of programmers, including Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Will.i.am, Drew Houston, Chris Bosh and many others, to create a video that shares how they got started coding, and why they love it. “I think it’s the closest thing we have to a super power,” says Houston.
Take a look and let me know what you think. How can we get more students interested in coding?