Thousands of OUSD students took their technology skills to the next level during Computer Science Education Week which kicked off on Dec. 5, 2016 and featured over 50 events across the Bay Area.
OUSD has seen dramatic growth in computer science education with a mind-blowing 1000% (yes, 1000%) increase in computer science class enrollment at the middle and high school levels in just two years. Likewise, Computer Science Education Week in Oakland has grown exponentially from its beginnings as a simple hour of code.
The second annual week of events was organized under the banner of #OaklandIsBeyond, a collaborative platform designed, organized, and implemented by OUSD, The Hidden Genius Project, Kapor Center for Social Impact, and the Oakland Public Education Fund to form a robust eco-system of community and corporate partners who believe it is absolutely imperative to expose students to opportunities in the tech sector that are beyond the code.
"Computer Science Education Week has served as a catalyst for OUSD schools to add full-year computer science programs,” said Claire Shorall, OUSD Manager of Computer Science. “The enthusiasm and energy from students coupled with the learning evident to teachers and parents during the week show the indispensability of these courses for our kids.”
OUSD students from more than 35 schools participated in the week of exciting events featuring demonstrations courtesy of Salesforce and Intel, field trips to Facebook and NextDoor, guest speakers from Google and Pixar and other events hosted by local organizations such as Pandora, Kaiser Permanente and the Golden State Warriors.
By increasing access to and participation in computer science, OUSD is arming students with the 21st century skills they’ll need to succeed in college, career and community. “We are so thankful to all of the school sites and volunteers who made this year's celebration possible,” added Shorall. “Their collective efforts in support of computer science will continue to make an impact in our students’ lives moving forward."