It’s no secret that our economy is rapidly shifting, and as 4‑H educators we are starting to become cognizant of the fact that computer science is a “new basic skill” essential for economic opportunity and social mobility.
The White House recently launched the Computer Science For All initiative to empower all young people to learn computer science and be equipped with the computational thinking skills they need to be creators in the digital economy and leaders in a world driven by technology. Computer science also aligns with the President’s Nation of Makers initiative, which focuses on the Maker Movement—the growing democratization of the hardware and software tools needed to design and make just about anything.
Computer science and making are elements of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Youth acquire STEM abilities by learning computer science and making things in 4‑H.