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Why CodeSpark?

Reason #1

Lack of existing educational resources for students in coding and technology.

It’s a troublesome reality that many of our nation's schools lack an in-depth technology and coding education. A comprehensive national report, "Running on Empty: The Failure to Teach K-12 Computer Science in the Digital Age", performed jointly by the Computer Science Teachers Association and the Association for Computing Machinery found that US schools were regrettably behind in computer science education despite an increasing demand for such skills in the digital age. The report found that computer science is normally taught superficially by having students learn to use a computer or applications on a computer as opposed to learning important higher-level and deeper concepts used in coding that are the bedrock of engineering and innovation. Moreover, many states have not even adopted standards for computer science education. Surprisingly, these days there are virtually no formal resources students can go to to learn or gain first-hand experience in coding. With CodeSpark, we aim to provide students both a launching pad and constant resource for their development.

Reason #2

Learning to code opens up so many opportunities

There's no doubt that we live in an increasingly technological world. As the world moves further into the digital age, it becomes all the more important that students develop the skills and knowledge that meet these contemporary needs. Indeed, as technology gains a greater foothold across the world, the more crucial and in-demand such skills are. A strong and flexible knowledge of coding, helps open many more and in many cases better opportunities for those who are equipped with it. In fact, a 2012 report published in the Wall Street Journal ranked Software Engineer as the #1 job in the US out of 200 jobs based on a variety of criteria including income, hiring outlook, and work environment. Lastly, not only does a knowledge of coding open up opportunities for students future careers and occupations but also provides students with a great opportunity to be innovators. There are very few other fields that offer the ability to create something truly powerful from scratch. With CodeSpark we genuinely aim to create the next Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg and provide our students with the tools and resources they need to succeed.

Reason #3

A unique development opportunity for those who wouldn’t otherwise receive it

We welcome ALL applicants. It does not matter if a student has no prior coding experience at all or if a student can or cannot afford to pay for such classes. CodeSpark is absolutely FREE for any student who participates and we assume that no student has any prior coding experience. We recognize that we personally had virtually no resources at a young age when it came to learning how to code. Similarly, we see that many students now do not have such resources either. We aim to provide those resources to any student with the enthusiasm to learn.