Coding grows in popularity as advocates show students the fun side of programming
Along with an increased call for more science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) funding is a movement to boost computer science’s visibility, due in part to the demand for qualified educated computer science professionals to fill a growing number of vacant spots in the field.
Computer science fields, including coding and computer programming, are some of the fastest-growing field. States are recognizing this, and in an effort to attract and sustain student interest in computer science, many are introducing legislation that would count Advanced Placement computer science courses toward graduation requirements.
But coding and computer science still struggle to attract women. A September 2013 Census report revealed that men are employed in STEM positions twice as much as women.
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