CS helps students outperform in school, college, and workplace

In 1995, Steve Jobs said “Everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer…. Because it teaches you how to think.” Decades later, evidence is growing to support the idea that learning computer science and coding, helps students far beyond the direct benefits of digital literacy or careers in tech.

Seven different studies show: children who study computer science perform better in other subjects, excel at problem-solving, and are 17% more likely to attend college.

Computer programming improves students’ creativity, math and reasoning skills

In primary school: better performance in reading, math, and science

In secondary school: better scores on standardized AP exams

Post-secondary: 17% higher likelihood of enrolling in university

Meanwhile, an inventory of course requirements at the University of California showed that computer science is considered important enough to satisfy a core graduation requirement for 95% of B.S. degrees across UC schools, and thus provides students a foundational background for degrees from Physics to Cognitive Science to Business Information Management.

Better performance at problem-solving, from primary school to university

Similar results have been replicated in a study of university students: students with different academic pathways were assessed on their generic problem-solving abilities. Those who had studied computer science outperformed in problem-solving, compared to students who had studied other quantitative fields such as math, chemistry, or engineering, as well as students of liberal arts subjects such as economics, philosophy, international relations, or psychology.

Computer science isn’t about math aptitude

The benefits of learning computer science go far beyond computer science

Today’s most highly-valued companies, including the most highly-valued phone manufacturer, retailer, or automobile company, are all founded by former students of computer science. What if computer science helped these founders learn more than just technical skills? Perhaps, as Steve Jobs said, decades before Apple became the world’s first trillion-dollar company, it is because computer science teaches you how to think? And if so, shouldn’t everybody have the access and opportunity to learn it?

But most schools don’t offer computer science

Every student deserves this opportunity. You can help

Please join us. Help us support over one million teachers who believe that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science.

Hadi Partovi, Code.org

Code.org® is dedicated to expanding access to computer science increasing participation by young women and students from other underrepresented groups.

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