Tech on Tap: Computer Science Education Takeaways
During Tech on Tap: Computer Science Education on December 13th, the KC Tech Council sat down with four education experts to discuss the issues and opportunities for advancing computer science standards in Kansas and Missouri. We learned that there is ample room for improvement, and wanted to share some of the highlights with you:
Martha McCabe from the KC STEM Alliance spoke on the importance of informing students about specific jobs available in computer science. There is also an opportunity for corporate partners to work with non-profits and educators to strategize on financial support for increasing computer science education in local schools.
Katie Hendrickson from Code.org encouraged political advocacy. Kansas and Missouri are two of 15 states in the US that do not have computer science education standards, and a shift in education policy would be a tremendous help in maintaining and creating student interest in computer science. Visit Code.org for data and advocacy tools.
Jo Weller from St. Teresa's Academy discussed the importance of funding and mentorship in computer science education. She emphasized the opportunity to utilize students as an authentic audience for problem solving, and how doing so would be mutually beneficial for students and STEM professionals.
Julie Jamieson from Garmin said the demand for computer science skills is growing in all types of work, explaining how employees with computer science skills have added value to a variety of departments within Garmin.
If you would like to become an advocate for computer science education, sign up to share your experience as a STEM professional with local students on our speaker portal, speakstem.org, and look out for more opportunities to engage with the KC Tech Council. For live updates from events like this, be sure to follow us on Twitter.