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About Code.org Regional Partners
Code.org has selected the WVU Center for Excellence in STEM Education (WVUCE-STEM) as a Code.org Regional Partner to help spread computer science in a local, sustainable fashion.
Through this partnership, the WVUCE-STEM created CodeWV to support increased accessibility of computer science to students in K-12 public schools across the state, in part by offering professional development to educators. The WVUCE-STEM will work with the West Virginia Department of Education to secure commitments to bring computer science courses into schools, enhance the state's computer science learning standards and define the requirements for computer science teaching certification.
CodeWV is committed to:
- Serve as the hub for West Virginia K-12 computer science.
- Build partnerships with local districts and schools to increase student access to computer science courses.
- Organize and host quality, local workshops for teachers implementing Code.org's programs, with Code.org-trained facilitators.
- Provide tools and resources to local school administrators and counselors, through specialized workshops.
- Establish, grow, and sustain a local community of computer science educators through computer science fairs and community events.
Code.org is a Seattle-based, 501c3 non-profit dedicated to expanding access to computer science and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color. Code.org's vision is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science. Since launching in 2013, Code.org has developed partnerships nationwide, helped change policies to expand computer science programs, built innovative curriculum for all level K-12, and organized the Hour of Code campaign - which has introduced over 100 million students to computer science to date.
About Computer Science
What is Computer Science?
- According to the Computer Science Teachers Association, it is "the study of computers and algorithmic processes, including their principles, their hardware and software designs, their applications, and their impact on society."
- In simplest terms, it is the art of telling a computer what to do. To do that, you need to know the language that the computer understands. In that respect, Computer Science is a computational literacy. Like reading, writing, and English, students need to have some basic grasp of how to read and write code.
What Computer Science is NOT
- Being able to play games, text, do social media, navigate apps, etc.
- Knowing how to use applications (Word, Google Docs, etc.)
- Being "good with technology"
- Computer Literacy
- Educational Technology