Preparing Kids for the 21st Century with Google CS First

Posted by: yetheart, June 9, 2016 6:54 pm
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Google CS First

Calling all parents: do you want to give your children and teens skills that will allow them to join the growing workforce of tomorrow? Do you want them to learn how to be active users of technology and empower them to program computers, smartphones, apps, and more?

Queens Library is proud to partner with Google and bring the Google CS First program to community libraries this summer. Our staff will lead student computer science (CS) projects in areas such as art, storytelling, fashion, music, game design, and more. Over 25 Queens Library locations will offer these classes for children in grades 4-8 free of charge, and all skill levels are welcome.

The future is now for the nation’s workforce. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, by 2020 there will be 1 million more computer science jobs than graduating students who are qualified for them.

In the January 30 edition of his weekly address, President Obama discussed our rapidly shifting economy and his plan to give all students across the country the chance to learn computer science in school, calling CS a “new basic” skill needed to provide economic opportunity and asking educators, CEOs, and philanthropists to help him.

And a 2015 Gallup study showed that 67 percent of parents say that CS should be required learning alongside other core subjects, but principals and superintendents from schools that don’t offer CS learning opportunities say that the low availability of qualified teachers and computer equipment is a main reason why.

By learning CS, not only will your children be able to bridge the digital divide in our city and country, but they will be able to make technology do what they want it to do, and gain the discipline, sense of persistence, and problem-solving skills they need to succeed—and have fun doing it too!

To learn more about how your child can participate in Google CS First, visit http://connect.queenslibrary.org/1078 and join us and our special guests on June 14 at our launch event at Central Library’s Children’s Library Discovery Center.