CodeSpark: The California startup that’s using apps and games to teach coding to 5-year-olds
Reading ability isn’t necessarily a prerequisite for logical thinking. That’s why Grant Hosford, CEO and co-founder of codeSpark, a Pasadena-based startup developing computer science games for kids, has created a new app where reading doesn’t get in the way. And without barriers, Hosford is now teaching coding to kids as young as 5. “We get...
By Tim Newcomb | February 19, 2016
Nearly 20,000 sign petition calling on California colleges to recognize H.S. computer science credits
Last month, President Obama announced the $4 billion Computer Science for All initiative. The initiative looks to expand teacher training, includes investments in the computer science sector from tech heavyweights that include Google, Microsoft and Code.org, and aims to bring computer science to schools of all shapes, sizes and socioeconomic breakdowns. Proponents hope this effort...
By Lizzie Thompson | February 11, 2016
LA Unified high school puts a focus on computer science and gaming
At a high school called the Critical Design and Gaming School, you’d think every student had a device on and was playing a game all the time. Not so. In fact, during one recent morning lesson, students opened up boxes of traditional board games to play with each other. “They find out pretty quickly it’s...
By Mike Szymanski | November 24, 2015
LAUSD plans to expand computer science to every grade by 2020
At a time of high employment demand for computer experts, fewer than half of LA Unified’s 98 traditional high schools offer computer science classes. “We could have students go through LAUSD without any access to computer science at all,” Suyen Moncada-Machado, a district instructional specialist told a district board committee yesterday as part of a...
By Mike Szymanski | November 4, 2015
Report: Computer science unavailable to many minority kids
Millennials may be the first generation born and raised in the digital age, but the state of California has a long way to go in catching up to modern times in providing the state’s minority students with a proper education in computer science, according to a new report. “Path Not Found: Disparities in Computer Science...
By Craig Clough | May 8, 2015
Computer Science Education Week kicks off at LAUSD
A kickoff event at North Hollywood High School highlighted LA Unified’s participation in Computer Science Education Week and the Hour of Code as students in the school’s Introduction to Data Science class listened to a number of guest speakers before demonstrating their coding skills. LA Unified board member Tamar Galatzan spoke, as did Microsoft’s Sam Stokes,...
By Craig Clough | December 9, 2014
LA Unified plans to offer computer science to all K-12 students
L.A. Unified officials announced today a plan to offer computer science curriculum to all students in kindergarten through 12th grade as part of a partnership with Seattle-based nonprofit Code.org. The program will offer the instruction to all students and will expand upon the district’s earlier collaboration with UCLA to give more students access to computer science education,...
By Craig Clough | October 7, 2014