Why We Care

While gender diversity in some scientific fields is on the rise, the technology fields are actually becoming less and less diverse. With the availability of web-based resources like Codeacademy, it is now easier than ever to learn programming skills on one’s own; however, many people learn best in a classroom environment with active guidance and feedback.

90%of parents

want their child's school to teach computer science, but only 1 in 4 schools teach it.

50%of Americans

rank computer science as one of the two most important subjects of study after reading and writing.

It's the foundational computer science knowledge that all students need. But the subject is marginalized throughout education. 75 percent of U.S. schools don't even offer computer science and only 8% of STEM graduates study it. We need to improve access for all students, including groups who have traditionally been underrepresented.

75%of Americans

believe computer science is cool in a way it wasn't 10 years ago.

8%of STEM graduates

are in computer science.

71%of new STEM jobs

are in computing.

Computer science drives job growth and innovation throughout our economy and society. Computing occupations are the number 1 source of all new wages in the U.S. and make up two-thirds of all projected new jobs in STEM fields, making computer science one of the most in-demand college degrees.

Data is from the Conference Board for job demand, the Bureau of Labor Statistics for state salary and national job projections data, the College Board for AP exam data, the National Center for Education Statistics for university graduate data, the Gallup research study Searching for Computer Science: Access and Barriers in K-12 Education.

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