The Arizona STEM Network, led by Science Foundation Arizona (SFAz), has made a commitment to broadening the exposure and impact of Computer Science (CS) and Computer Information Systems (CIS) to all students K-16 in the state. The Network uses a Collective Impact Model to make strong commitments to CS/CIS programming within both the education and business communities.
Arizona leads in STEM job growth. According to Change the Equation, STEM jobs in Arizona will grow 23% through 2024, and we’re the second-ranked state in projected growth of computing jobs:
In the field of education, SFAz and Grand Canyon University have recently been named a co-state affiliate partner of Code.org. In this capacity the Code.org Professional Learning Partnership Program will secure funding from local businesses to support the training and integration of Code.org curriculum state-wide. In the past year, funding through the Arizona STEM Network has provided stipends and travel expenses to over 250 teachers to learn the Code.org K-5 curriculum; as well as curriculum and training in Google's CS First Program.
Our support for the Code.org curriculum through our Professional Learning Partnership has resulted in a great start for CS implementation in our state:
There are 3,947 teacher accounts and 144,981 student accounts in Code Studio in Arizona. Code.org has partnered with the following school districts: Paradise Valley Unified School District and Phoenix Union High School District. Three Code.org K-12 facilitators in Arizona have provided professional learning for 1,370 elementary teachers. Code.org has provided professional learning for 10 middle school teachers and 39 high school teachers in Arizona to teach computer science. If you are interested in your school/district joining this cause, CONTACT US today!
The CS/CIS programs also extend to inner city, under-represented students. With support from the Greater Phoenix Economic Council and the Arizona Community Foundation, over 180 middle school students from Roosevelt, Phoenix Elementary and Isaac School Districts are receiving CS instruction in preparation to entering the state's first Computer Science focused public High School, the Phoenix Coding Academy. To watch highlights of this Coding program for inner-city youth watch the video to the left.
The Arizona STEM Network and SFAz provide funding and support across educational sectors K-16 both at the community college and university level.
The Arizona STEM Network continues to leads the state:
In strategies and practices that identify gaps in CS teaching and learning,
Providing opportunities to broaden the representation of underrepresented youth through targeted CS/CIS instructional strategies,
Providing CS/CIS professional development and mentoring to teachers, and
Connecting broad based support from both industry and business sectors to the educational community.
Latest Data from Code.org (2016)
-Arizona currently has 9,813 open computing jobs (2.9 times the average demand rate in Arizona).
-The average salary for a computing occupation in AZ is $85,165, which is significantly higher than the average salary in the state ($45,310). -Arizona had only 484 computer science graduates in 2014; only 15% were female. -Only 412 high school students in Arizona took the AP Computer Science exam in 2015; only 23% were female; only 54 students were Hispanic; only 12 students were black; and only 3 students were Native American. -Only 43 schools in AZ (14% of AZ schools with AP programs) offered the AP Computer Science course in 2014-2015. There are fewer AP exams taken in computer science than in any other STEM subject area.
When we look at schools in Arizona, we see a lack of opportunities for students to learn CS. Why is this important?
How has the the field of Computer Science changed over the years? Why is it important for students to learn computer science?
Download the Arizona CS Fact Sheet and support your local community to integrate Computer Science into the traditional curriculum. Contact the Arizona STEM Network for further details and to join the cause!