computer programming

Digital Divide
9:39 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

To Diversify Nation’s Tech Pipeline, AP Computer Science Gets A Reboot

Jacquie Parker, a senior at Ritenour High School in north St. Louis County, works on a project based on the pilot curriculum for AP Computer Science Principles.
Credit Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio

Relatively speaking, not that many students take the Advanced Placement course in computer science.

Out of a little more than 2.3 million students for all subjects, fewer than 40,000 students took an exam for the course last year. While there was a slight uptick in the percentage of minority and female students, the data continue to show a jaw-dropping lack of racial and gender diversity.

Nationally, only 4 percent of all students who took the test were African American and just 20 percent were female.

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Code Red
4:15 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Shortage Of Programmers? Time For Code Red

Michael Palmer, CEO of Code Red Education.
Credit Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio

The St. Louis startup wants to provide schools with a curriculum, training and support to help teachers show students how to write computer code so they can land a good job even if they don't go to college.

To get an idea of why training students to write computer code should be a higher priority for schools, consider these numbers:

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