Inspired by the notion that if the current trends continue, by 2020 there will be over 1.4 million jobs in computer science and only 400,000 computer science students to fill them, the Partnership for Public Schools in Snohomish County was formed to advocate and leverage combined resources for critical needs such as computer science literacy that affect students in all our districts. The Partnership of Public Schools Foundations in Snohomish County is made up of the Snohomish Education Foundation, Lake Stevens Education Foundation, Monroe Public Schools Foundation, and the Northshore Schools Foundation. These Foundations serve more than 46,800 students and 4,000 teachers collectively. Â The Partnershipâ€™s first initiative is to support access to computer science lessons for more thanÂ 10,000Â students in Snohomish County School Districts by promoting and incentivizing participation in the HourÂ of Code movement.
The Hour of Code organized by Code.org, a public 501(c)(3) non-profit, is dedicated to expanding participation in computer science by making it available in more schools, and increasing participation by women and
underrepresented students of color. The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries with tutorials written in over 40 languages for students ages 4 to 104.
This event provides a one-hour session for instructors to expose students
in order to spark their interest in computer science topics no matter what field of study they eventually choose. With many Hour of Code themes to choose from, a wide variety of students of all ages can find something of interest to them, whether it is coding with Anna and Elsa from Disneyâ€™s Frozen, coding a Star Wars galaxy or coding the tutorial built around Microsoftâ€™s Minecraft.
This fall, each foundation sponsored an instructor information night within their school district bringing together teachers and librarians to learn and share with each other about the Hour of Code curriculum. Additional incentives provided by the respective foundations were offered to instructors that conduct an Hour of Code with students at their school, in order to encourage and reward instructors for participating.