They figured that students needed only what's considered “computer literacy,” a grasp of the basics — Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
But learning computer science teaches kids how to think. The science itself teaches the 21st century skills, which are: critical thinking, problem solving, communication and collaboration.
Could all the money and effort being pumped into education reform be missing something? Like, say, computer science?
Which is a little silly considering what a piece of cake it is to intrigue a distracted middle-schooler with electronics. As Powers says, “We find it easiest to integrate c.s. from the get-go. Kids love the creative nature of computing.”