Blockchain and Crypto in Schools
These are just two examples of applications that can be covered by computer science education, showing how it can be applied in the real world. Blockchain instructs on data structures and abstract math, while crypto adds in financial and investing literacy. This is being widely adopted and expanded upon, starting up early to hone critical logic and quantitative skills early in life.
- Nineteen states have set aside a grand total of $62 million to give K-8 teachers professional learning opportunities in computer science.
- As of March 2019, Georgia became the newest addition to the list of states requiring computer science education in grades K-8.
- States like Colorado offer free computer science workshops to teachers in grades 1-5.
- Major universities from Stanford through Arizona State are offering classes on crypto; why not start earlier?
- The Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) is led by and provides resources for teachers to ensure K-12 students get a high-quality CS education.
The computer science job market is strong, and the number of computer science students doubled just from 2013 to 2017. With these trends showing no signs of stopping, it makes sense to start laying the foundation during elementary and middle school.