The US needs more computer science talent, and this week, Oracle pledged $200 million in direct and in-kind support over the next 18 months to help nurture that talent. The pledge supports the Obama administration’s Computer Science for All initiative, an effort to give all of the country’s K-12 students the chance to study computer science and computational thinking.
Oracle’s pledge was announced as part of the White House Science Fair, an annual celebration of US students’ ingenuity. President Obama launched the fair six years ago, with the idea that the best young scientists should get feted at the White House just like many championship college athletes do.
Oracle will deliver much of its pledged support through Oracle Academy, the company’s philanthropic program to support computer science education. Oracle Academy will provide free academic curriculum, professional development for teachers, software, certification resources, and more. Oracle’s support will include:
If you want data on how computer science opens up opportunity for students, check out this infographic, based on research by Burning Glass and Oracle. Among the data points: IT jobs requiring coding skills are projected to grow 8.8% over the next 10 years, more than two points ahead of other career-track jobs.
And, if you just want to be inspired by what clever young people can think of and do, check out the more than 100 US students chosen to attend this year’s White House Science Fair.