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Computer Science: 
the missing foundation 
in America’s schools 
Ali Partovi 
Co-founder, Code.org
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IY7EsTnUSxY
Our kids should be learning 
to code.
Our kids should be learning 
to code. computer science.
Computer science education 
is on the rise.
Computer science education 
is on the rise. recovery from 
a 10-year decline.
1,200,000 
1,000,000 
800,000 
600,000 
400,000 
200,000 
0 
History English Science Math Foreign 
Languages 
Economics Ar...
Computer science is about 
technology.
Computer science is about 
technology. 
logic, problem solving, and 
creativity.
First computer: 1943
First computer: 1943 
First computer program: 1843 
Ada 
Lovelace
Computer science is for 
boys.
Computer science is for 
boys. everybody.
The tech industry is 
desperately trying to hire 
computer programmers.
Every 
The tech industry is 
desperately trying to hire 
computer programmers.
67% of software jobs are outside the 
tech industry. More broadly, Computer 
Science is relevant to all careers. 
“… as im...
Computer science is 
vocational.
Computer science is 
vocational. foundational.
Audience pop quiz 
What is photosynthesis?
Audience pop quiz 
What is H2O?
Audience pop quiz 
Solve: x2 – 9 = 0
Audience pop quiz 
What is a for loop?
Dispelling myths about STEM
Dispelling myths about STEM 
(“Science, Technology, 
Engineering, and Math”)
There’s a surplus of jobs in 
STEM.
There’s a surplus of jobs in 
STEM. computer science.
Computer 
Science: 2% 
of STEM 
students 
STUDENTS 
Computer 
Science: 
60% of 
STEM jobs 
JOBS 
Sources: College Board, B...
There are not enough girls in 
STEM.
There are not enough girls in 
STEM. computer science.
Computer science counts as 
STEM.
Computer science counts as 
STEM in 9 states only. (2012)
Computer science counts as 
STEM in 9 states only. (2012) 
24 states today.
Code.org efforts 
1. Changing the rules. 
- 15 state victories. 1 defeat. 
2. Helping the schools. 
- Free K-8 curriculum,...
It’s coming. December 8. 
Help us reach 100 million. 
@codeorg #hourofcode
Piedmont Education Speaker Series - Code.org
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Ali Partovi, Co-Founder of Code.org, presentation at Piedmont Education Speaker Series on Preparing Students for the Age of Technology - September 30, 2014

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  1. 1. Computer Science: the missing foundation in America’s schools Ali Partovi Co-founder, Code.org
  2. 2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IY7EsTnUSxY
  3. 3. Our kids should be learning to code.
  4. 4. Our kids should be learning to code. computer science.
  5. 5. Computer science education is on the rise.
  6. 6. Computer science education is on the rise. recovery from a 10-year decline.
  7. 7. 1,200,000 1,000,000 800,000 600,000 400,000 200,000 0 History English Science Math Foreign Languages Economics Art + Music Computer Science Sources: College Board Only 15% of this are girls. 8% are African Americans + Hispanics. High School AP Enrollment
  8. 8. Computer science is about technology.
  9. 9. Computer science is about technology. logic, problem solving, and creativity.
  10. 10. First computer: 1943
  11. 11. First computer: 1943 First computer program: 1843 Ada Lovelace
  12. 12. Computer science is for boys.
  13. 13. Computer science is for boys. everybody.
  14. 14. The tech industry is desperately trying to hire computer programmers.
  15. 15. Every The tech industry is desperately trying to hire computer programmers.
  16. 16. 67% of software jobs are outside the tech industry. More broadly, Computer Science is relevant to all careers. “… as important as knowledge of anatomy when it comes to medical research or clinical care.” Larry Corey, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
  17. 17. Computer science is vocational.
  18. 18. Computer science is vocational. foundational.
  19. 19. Audience pop quiz What is photosynthesis?
  20. 20. Audience pop quiz What is H2O?
  21. 21. Audience pop quiz Solve: x2 – 9 = 0
  22. 22. Audience pop quiz What is a for loop?
  23. 23. Dispelling myths about STEM
  24. 24. Dispelling myths about STEM (“Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math”)
  25. 25. There’s a surplus of jobs in STEM.
  26. 26. There’s a surplus of jobs in STEM. computer science.
  27. 27. Computer Science: 2% of STEM students STUDENTS Computer Science: 60% of STEM jobs JOBS Sources: College Board, Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Science Foundation
  28. 28. There are not enough girls in STEM.
  29. 29. There are not enough girls in STEM. computer science.
  30. 30. Computer science counts as STEM.
  31. 31. Computer science counts as STEM in 9 states only. (2012)
  32. 32. Computer science counts as STEM in 9 states only. (2012) 24 states today.
  33. 33. Code.org efforts 1. Changing the rules. - 15 state victories. 1 defeat. 2. Helping the schools. - Free K-8 curriculum, in 40,000 classrooms this fall - Partnerships with 30 districts (incl NYC, LA, Chi) - Free teacher-training workshops nationwide 3. Making it cool.
  34. 34. It’s coming. December 8. Help us reach 100 million. @codeorg #hourofcode

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