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VP Biden’s support and new records! An update on our 2nd quarter.

Since my last update, the Code.org team has continued our work on three fronts: education, marketing and advocacy. Here’s an update:

Education - 700 new computer science teachers
This summer, we’re training 700 teachers to begin computer science classes this fall. Being our first year, I’m eager for their feedback. So far, 71 percent of these teachers call our workshops the “best professional development” they’ve ever received!  We owe thanks to our curriculum partners, especially the Exploring Computer Science team for these results.

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Our K-8 course is now in 31,000 classrooms, reaching 1.3M students. 40 percent girls. That’s double the average female ratio in computer science! We’ve also established 100 Code.org Affiliates who will train 10,000 elementary teachers across the United States this year. Look our for our three new elementary courses coming soon.

Marketing - The Hour of Code is coming, again!
The Hour of Code has reached 39 million students. For this year’s Computer Science Education Week (Dec 8-14) we’re aiming to reach 100 million students. This is a worldwide goal so we’re seeking global partners to spread the grassroots campaign.

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A record year for AP Computer Science
When we released our first viral video, we timed its launch with course signups for Advanced Placement (AP) Computer Science and promised donors we’d impact enrollment. Preliminary results are finally in: a record 25 percent increase, making computer science the fastest growing AP course this year, with its first improvement in diversity in recent history.

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Advocacy - 3 new states count computer science
Since my last update, Florida, Illinois and Ohio all changed policy to better support computer science. Now, more than half of the US population lives in states where computer science counts. Change in New York, California and New Jersey is still on deck. Above all, we owe thanks to our advocacy coalition Microsoft, CSTA, College Board, TechNet, NMSI, AAUW, Google, Stand.org, and others.

One more thing… the Vice President’s support!
After meeting with us, thanks to the wonderful help of T4A.org, Vice President Biden delivered this 2-minute pitch about Code.org to US governors at the National Governor’s Association conference. He summarized our first year, urging all states to adopt computer science. This was a great milestone in our ongoing effort to get political leaders talking publicly about computer science education.

The worldwide response to this movement continues to amaze me. As always, thank you for your support. 

- Hadi Partovi, founder, Code.org

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Student of the Week: This 11th grader built a device to help students learn with ADD

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Peter
11th grade
Bend, OR

Computer science not only helped Peter focus more, it helped him help other kids focus in school. Last year, the 11th grader made an Arduino device that helps students with ADD. He’s spending summer break working with a team to develop a tablet app that can control a solar-powered car that’ll race this month.

Peter taught himself the basics of code with CodeHS and has jumped up to #47 on the CodeHS leaderboards, completing almost every exercise on the site.

How did you get into computer science?
When I made a game for Spanish class, I knew then this was something I enjoy. My favorite thing about computer science is when you create something using code and it works!

Tell us about your solar-car app.
The app started as an idea to display the car’s vital functions. I’ve been experimenting with code in the Android environment to display various functions and the rear-view camera.

What should other students know about computer science?
Completion of a task yields an instant reward. The digital world is everywhere, it helps everyone understand how the modern world works.

Los Angeles’ Todd Ullah wins Administrator of the Year award for expanding computer science

Congrats to Dr. Todd Ullah, winner of the inaugural Administrator Impact Award from the Computer Science Teacher’s Association (CSTA) in partnership with Code.org.

Todd, a leading administrator from the nation’s second-largest public school district, Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), stood apart for his outstanding contribution to K-12 computer science nationwide.

As a longtime advocate for computer science education, Todd brought Exploring Computer Science to his district — a nationally recognized, introductory computer science course that uniquely emphasizes student equity and inquiry. He recently lead his district’s effort to teach the Hour of Code and reached 200,000 LAUSD students last December alone. Together, LA students wrote more than 5 million lines of code and reached the second-highest district participation in the United States!

"We need more leaders like Dr. Ullah in our school systems,” said Code.org COO Cameron Wilson. “Access to computer science can transform a student’s future and he really understands that.”

Lissa Clayborn, CSTA’s Executive Director, called Todd an “outstanding example” who’s made a “huge difference.” 

In his own words, Todd continuously focuses on “creating equity, access and emancipatory educational experiences for the youth of Los Angeles, and indeed around the nation, as they relate to the world of computer science.”

Testing out new “unplugged” computer science activities for our elementary curriculum launching this fall. (at Code.org)

Seeing our impact: A record year for computer science

The College Board just released preliminary data on the number and demographics of students who took the Advanced Placement (AP) Computer Science Exam in 2014.

The original Code.org launch video was timed to coincide with student course enrollment for the 2013-14 school year. At that time, I decided my measure of success for the video would be the next year’s enrollment in computer science. I even made a personal bet (reflected in my contractual commitment to Code.org donors) that our video could help improve the seemingly immovable diversity numbers in computer science (which had trended in the wrong direction for years).

Last year, AP Computer Science had its largest year of growth, and was the fastest-growing AP course in 2014.

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Note: this is early, preliminary data, and may be revised by the College Board between now and the end of 2014.

The results speak for themselves. Trevor Packer, Senior Vice President of the College Board AP Program, calls this "the first real indication of progress in AP CS enrollment for women and underserved minorities in years."

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Because these underserved groups enrolled at a higher rate of growth than the average, their ratio relative to asian/white males also grew. Since last year, the ratio of females in AP Computer Science to males grew 8 percent (from 18% to 20%). The ratio of African American students to grew 8 percent (from 3.7% to 4%). The ratio of Hispanic students grew 10 percent (from 8% to 9%).

This exciting progress continues to be a group effort. We’re humbled to work alongside longtime-educators, district administrators, advocates and parents to see unprecedented synergy in support of computer science education the last year.

We hope we played a role. And we urge computer science teachers to continue using this video as a recruitment tool for their courses.

- Hadi Partovi, Code.org

MUST WATCH: US Vice President Joe Biden talks about our work!

Thank you to all leaders — Democrats and Republicans alike — who support expanding computer science.

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Student of the Week: 50,000 budding fashion designers are obsessed with this 5th grader’s app

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Danielle Koos
5th grade
Melbourne, FL

Danielle and her friends are always showing off rainbow bracelets they make. She decided to developed an app, Rainbow Loom, full of how-to videos, tips and pics just for more budding jewelry designers. 50,000 of them so far, according to App Store and Google Play store downloads!

"I really never thought about computer science before I had the chance to try it,” said the 5th grader, who just started with the Hour of Code last winter at her school.

“Everything about coding is fun and I know other girls would love to design apps and things for a 3D printer, for example.”

Danielle also volunteered to help teachers and her fellow students learn to code this year and started an after-school club inspired by her app.

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Why computer science?
It helps you learn. I got the idea for my app because I knew a lot of people would want it.

Your next big (BIG) idea?
One day, I would like to create a robot that makes a sound. When my sister hears it, it’ll make her do what I want her to do.

We’re sharing this story as part of our new Student of the Week series. Kids in cities and towns around the world who are changing the face of computer science. Do you teach a rockstar student? Nominate them to be a Code.org Student of the Week.

theeconomist:

In April 2012 we produced a cover on 3D printing entitled “The third industrial revolution” it inspired Kae Woei Lim, a designer at XYZ Workshop, to actually recreate it in three dimensions. The results are superb. 

Cool 3D-printing cover from the Economist theeconomist:

In April 2012 we produced a cover on 3D printing entitled “The third industrial revolution” it inspired Kae Woei Lim, a designer at XYZ Workshop, to actually recreate it in three dimensions. The results are superb. 

Cool 3D-printing cover from the Economist theeconomist:

In April 2012 we produced a cover on 3D printing entitled “The third industrial revolution” it inspired Kae Woei Lim, a designer at XYZ Workshop, to actually recreate it in three dimensions. The results are superb. 

Cool 3D-printing cover from the Economist

theeconomist:

In April 2012 we produced a cover on 3D printing entitled “The third industrial revolution” it inspired Kae Woei Lim, a designer at XYZ Workshop, to actually recreate it in three dimensions. The results are superb. 

Cool 3D-printing cover from the Economist

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hazarreadsworld asked:

Hey! I love your blog! I, too think that everyone should learn how to code . I took Computer Science and Web Services(Android) in highschool, got straight A's , but still not sure if this should be my major in college, do you have a suggestion of a way I could figure that out? Like for example a Computer Science related subject I could learn that would help me get an idea of what Computer Science is in college?

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If you have the opportunity to take a Computer Science class in college, go for it! If you like it, you can take on a major, but the major itself isn’t required to use programming in your career.

Most of all, keep coding, keep learning, create things you love and see if you enjoy the process. Studying Computer Science can compliment your passion and help you improve or network while in school. 

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passion-4-science asked:

Is there any iOS games that Teaches coding? It is for my 12 years old cousin. In a very weird and mysterious way, i got him interested in programming.

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Yes! codecademy has an introductory programming app that gets right into real-deal syntax. Others like Hopscotch are game-like options, too. Also try Code.org tutorials on mobile. We don’t have an app but they work in your browser.

This 16-year-old made an app that exposes sellout politicians!