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An elementary school coding class.

Wyoming has mandated that all its K-12 public schools must offer computer science classes.

Credit: whatsonglasgow.co.uk

Wyoming has mandated that all its K-12 public schools offer computer science (CS) in an effort to transition the state from its economic reliance on fossil-fuel industries.

The state's 48 school districts must implement CS education at all grade levels by the time the 2022-2023 school year starts.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated that computer coding and software development comprise fewer than two jobs per 1,000 in Wyoming, versus 19 per 1,000 in the state of Washington.

State CS standards issued this spring stipulate that all Wyoming students must learn what an algorithm is, understand concepts like loops, examine technology's societal impact, and become capable of writing their own code.

Microsoft and Wyoming's Department of Education hope to supply CS training for at least one teacher in each school, partly through cooperation with the University of Wyoming and the Code.org group, to promote CS education.

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