The demand for programming positions is expected to grow in the years ahead. A report from The Knowledge Academy determined that there will be more than one-quarter million new software development positions by 2026. However, there are potential problems with the early education computer science pipeline in the US.
Many US schools do not offer computer science courses to teach students fundamental skills in these areas. In fact, less than half of K-12 schools offer computer science in 39 states, according to a Code Advocacy Coalition's 2019 State of Computer Science Education Equity and Diversity.
On Tuesday, Microsoft, in partnership with NASA, Wonder Woman 1984, and Smithsonian Learning Labs announced a number of online educational experiences to teach students and life-long learners how to code using popular films, space exploration, and more.
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