New Google CS education site

Dr. Chris Stephenson, Google’s Head of Comptuer Science Education Programmes has announced Google’s new CS Education website on Google’s Education Blog  and their Research Blog.

The site aims to make it easier for educators and students to access all of Google’s CS Programs and initiatives, providing fast, easy access to Google grant programs, resources and tools, scholarships and internships. The posts above highlight the CS4All initiative, and cite the known lack of computer science graduates, caused in large part by too few students having the opportunity to study computer science in high school. Google’s research shows that only 25% of U.S. schools currently offer CS with programming or coding, despite the fact that 91% of parents want their children to learn computer science. In addition, schools with higher percentages of students living in households below the poverty line are even less likely to offer rigorous computer science courses.

The post notes that increasing access to computer science for all learners requires tremendous commitment from a wide range of stakeholders, and that Google is striving to be a strong supportive partner of these efforts. The new CS EDU website shows all the ways Google is working to address the need for improved access to high quality computer science learning in formal and informal education. Some current programs you’ll find there include:

  • CS First: providing more than 360,000 middle school students with an opportunity to create technology through free computer science clubs
  • Exploring Computational Thinking: sharing more than 130 lesson plans aligned to international standards for students aged 8 to 18
  • igniteCS: offering support and mentoring to address the retention problem in diverse student populations at the undergraduate level in more than 40 universities and counting
  • Blockly and other programming tools powering Code.org’s Hour of Code (2 million users)
  • Google’s Made with Code: movement that inspires millions of girls to learn to code and to see it as a means to pursue their dream careers (more than 10 million unique visitors)
This is also a fantastic student resource, showcasing significant efforts to improve the accessibility of Computer Science study for all students.
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