There are currently around 224,000 unfilled software engineering positions across the United States. The amount of these unfilled positions will only increase as time goes by. This poses the question, how can we begin engaging children with software engineering?
As the need for skilled software engineers increases, we are forced to consider prioritizing technical training from an early age. We see this manifest in initiatives like Hour of Code- which aims to “demystify ‘code’, to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science” according to their website. In addition to exposing youngsters to code, Hour of Code takes steps to engage folks who may not even have access to a computer by including intro to coding activities that require only pencil and paper.
CodingGame is another organization poised to engage younger students in the #learntocode movement. Through play, CodinGame aligns itself as a fun way to learn new concepts as well as refining established skills. It’s important that various organizations are tackling tech training from a variety of different angles. Whereas Hour of Code is meant to spur interest, a platform like CodinGame serves as a way to dive deeper, continuing the learning to code process and iterating on languages a future engineer already knows.
Holberton School is another organization removing barriers to tech education and producing capable software engineers in the process. In addition to providing their two-year college alternative program, Holberton is also invested in exposing edtech to the younger population. Holberton is contributing to the tech education of high schoolers by offering their second annual Summer Coding Camp, free of charge.
Holberton School’s inaugural Summer Coding Camp was rated favorably among its participants, who ranged from having no coding experience to being a self-taught tinkerer. This year, Holberton’s Summer Coding Camp will further challenge its campers by providing a choice between two curriculum tracks. One of the curriculum tracks will focus on HTML skills, with a goal of creating their own website. The other track will have campers focused on creating their own apps - campers will earn the foundations of software engineering using Swift. If you are over 18 and want to become a Software Engineer, apply to our 2-year program here. If you are between 15 and 18 and want to get a taste of what being a software engineer is, register here.
This post was sponsored by Holberton School.