Governor learns web coding, kicks off Computer Science Education Week

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Gov. Gary R. Herbert sat down with elementary students Monday for a web coding tutorial to kick off Computer Science Education Week in Utah.

The tutorial, called “Hour of Code,” is an initiative to introduce students to computer science. Sponsored by the nonprofit group Code.org, anyone can register for the free, one-hour tutorial online.

“High quality computer science education is foundational for our schools,” Gov. Herbert said. “It drives innovation, gives our students confidence and prepares them for high-paying jobs in the changing marketplace.”

This year, millions of students are expected to participate in the Hour of Code. Among them were about 20 students enrolled in a web coding cluster at Ascent Academy in Farmington, who sat down with Gov. Herbert as they undertook the Star Wars-themed coding lessons on Code.org.

Computer science instruction is an integral part of a well-rounded education in the Digital Age. The information technology sector is a significant contributor to the economic output of both Utah and the nation. Utah’s flourishing high-tech business front has even earned itself the “Silicon Slopes” nickname.

Utah schools are doing their part to prepare students for opportunities in the technology sector. Students are required to complete at least one computer technology course in order to graduate from high school and since 2014, those enrolled in AP computer science courses may receive a core science credit.

View Gov. Herbert’s Computer Science Education Week declaration here.

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