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What if our schools made Computer Science as high of a priority as our sports programs? How young can students begin learning actual programming languages - such as Java? In this uplifting TEDx talk, Andrew Svehaug makes a case for why students should learn Java beginning in elementary school, and for how high expectations will benefit students of all backgrounds to be prepared for success in school and life.
Andrew Svehaug is the Founder and CEO of Code To The Future, an organization dedicated to developing advanced Computer Science skills in students beginning in Kindergarten. He believes ensuring that all students have access to high-quality Computer Science and STEM programming is a social justice issue, and that high expectations are the key to equity in Computer Science Education.
In an effort to create a replicable model for advanced Computer Science Education at the elementary school level, Code To The Future partnered with the Cajon Valley Union School District to launch America’s first K-5 Computer Science Magnet Schools. Among other distinct characteristics in this model, students as young as 4th grade begin learning Java in a programming environment used by professional software engineers.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx