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  • Recognizing Computer Science Education Week

    by Representative Randy Hultgren

    Posted on 2013-12-11

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    HULTGREN asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.) Mr. HULTGREN. Mr. Speaker, I rise to recognize Computer Science Education Week.



    On Monday, I participated in an international ``Hour of Code.'' PJ, a 12-year-old programming genius, helped me write basic computer code for the game Angry Birds.

    Elgin Technology Center staff, along with local robotics team mentor Carol McKellar, organized an important educational event for students eager about coding. If these kids can accomplish what we did in just an hour, imagine how far students could go if computer science were more accessible at a younger age.

    Currently, software jobs outnumber students 3 to 1. Teaching coding can help fill employers' growing needs for graduates in computing fields. Coding is not just for computer scientists. Fields such as advanced manufacturing require workers skilled in computer science.

    If I can learn, it shows anyone can learn to code.

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