Technology is being utilized in every field today and its applications are rapidly growing. In health care, innovative devices are optimizing patient data storage and utilization, disease monitoring and treatment, and breakthroughs in life-saving surgeries. In space, we are depending on a generation of robots to explore where humans cannot. In our homes, we are depending on advances in technology to operate our water, electrical, security, communication, and entertainment systems. On our roads, we depend on technology for navigation, mechanical operation, and safety checks, and now we are experimenting with introducing self-driving cars. In entertainment, blockbuster movies depend on computer graphics and tools to bring new characters to life and present us with unique animated worlds. The reality is that evolving technology is shaping our society in every way.
“Technology is changing our world and driving our economy. We need to make sure our children have the skills necessary to innovate and compete in the 21st century. Exposure to computer science and basic programming empowers students and spurs creativity, which can unlock countless opportunities for their futures.”
- Suzan DelBene, U.S. Congresswoman, Washington State
“If you want to create and be a visionary, you're probably going to be working with technology in some way”
- Steph Curry, Three-time NBA Champion
“Whether you want to uncover the secrets of the universe, or you just want to pursue a career in the 21st century, basic computer programming is an essential skill to learn”.
- Stephen Hawking. Theoretical Physicist, Cosmologist & Author
Today there are 500,000 open jobs in computing across every state and industry. These jobs represent the #1 source of new wages in the United States and this market is projected to grow at twice the rate of all others. In 10 years, over half of all US jobs are expected to be computerized, and employers will need workers that not only understand how to use technology, but how to leverage it to create and bring new ideas into the world.
WHY WE CARE
The harsh reality is that not everyone is equipped for the rapidly-evolving technological American economy. Today, 20% of young adults still lack the exposure and experience necessary to learn programming, computer infrastructure, or networks. These are skills that 21st century children will need to be able to create or leverage new technologies in every future vocation. While many children have the opportunity to participate in computer workshops, robotics competitions and STEM-enabled classrooms, there are millions who will never have the opportunity unless we find ways to light that spark of hope for them.