Published On: Wed, Dec 11th, 2013

Students on Curaçao join millions in worldwide ‘Hour of Code’ event

StimulitWILLEMSTAD -- Students from the Prins Bernhard School were the first to participate on Curacao today in the worldwide ‘hour of code’ event that was organized as part of the international ‘Computer Science & Education Week’ by Stimul-IT.

The kids started working on project to develop their own interactive Christmas Card.

This week is organized yearly worldwide to increase the attention for Computer Science in education. Computer Science develops students’ computational and critical thinking skills and shows them how to create, not simply use, new technologies. This fundamental knowledge is needed to prepare students for the 21st century, regardless of their ultimate field of study or occupation.

Five months ago, the idea for ‘hour of code’ was launched with the idea to: get ten million students to try one hour of computer science -- the Hour of Code.
Today, the Hour of Code is here. This week, 5 million students -- in 34,000 classrooms, across 167 countries -- will be first to experience the Hour of Code.

The “Prins Bernhard School” in Suffisant is one of these schools that joined the ‘hour of code’ today. Other students will start their ‘hour of code’ this Tuesday and Thursday at Stimul-IT.

“Girls in ICT Curaçao” also organizes an event on Wednesday afternoon, for which people can still register on their Facebook page.

CEOs, celebrities, world leaders, teachers, parents, and students, in the thousands and millions, joined the effort to spread a simple idea: that computer science should be accessible to every 21st century student. If you want to join you can do so for free: through the website hourofcode.com, where you will find free tutorials, or by joining one of the local events.

For more information you can also call 738 6299.

Back ground Information
Information can be found on www.code.org, a website that promotes computer science education, it shows the following statistics (for the US):

  • Software jobs outnumber students 3-to-1. The gap is 1 million jobs over 10 years.
  • 90% of K-12 schools in the U.S. do not teach computer science.
  • In many countries (including China, the United Kingdom and Australia), computer science is—or soon will be—required.
  • Anyone can learn the basics, starting in elementary school, but fewer than 10% of students take computer science classes.
  • Although we do not have the figures for Curacao, we believe the situation to be much the same. Although schools teach “ICT”, this usually comes down to basic ICT skills in word processing etc.
  • There are only 7 ICT education programs over three levels (VSBO, SBO, HBO) on Curaçao

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