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CodeWV FAQ

CodeWV is building a computer science community among educators across West Virginia to ensure K-12 students have access and opportunities to learn computer science. The program offers curriculum and professional development to educators.

Q: Who is the partner of CodeWV?

A: CodeWV is the West Virginia Regional Partner of Code.org, which is a nonprofit that offers professional learning programs dedicated to expanding computer science access in schools while increasing participation by women and underrepresented student populations.

Q: What is the value of CodeWV to West Virginia?

A: With computing jobs now the number-one source of new earnings in the U.S., computer science must be a critical part of the K-12 curriculum. Not only can we ensure that West Virginia students have the skills necessary for future success, we can also boost jobs and economic growth in the state.
It is critical to invest more resources in computer science. West Virginia currently has more than 1,200 open computing jobs (four times the average demand rate), yet only graduated 158 total computer science students in 2015; only 11% were female. In addition, only 15 schools in West Virginia (12% of schools statewide with AP programs) offered an AP Computer Science course in 2016-2017, and fewer AP computer science exams were taken than in any other STEM subject. These numbers show the real need to expand access to educators and to students to fill the open computing positions in our state, drive economic opportunities for West Virginia and bolster local West Virginia communities.

Q: Why is this a natural partnership with the Center for Excellence in STEM Education?

A: As the Center helps prepare West Virginia students for the evolving demands of today's workforce, computer science education is critical to better equip students with the skillsets necessary for future success. West Virginia must continue to find effective ways to improve students' critical thinking, creativity and problem-solving, and especially of those who have traditionally been underrepresented. 

Q: What is an example of a CodeWV program or activity?

A: The Hour of Code event, hosted locally in 2017 at Mylan Park Elementary School, showcased how easy it is for students of all ages to learn the basics of coding. Since then, CodeWV has offered professional learning for teachers in more than 100 elementary schools, and nearly 63 middle and high schools. At least 90% of these teachers are now offering a new computer science class or learning experience to K-12 students.

Q: What is the goal of CodeWV?

A: To serve as the hub for West Virginia K-12 computer science; build partnerships with local districts and schools to increase student access to computer science courses; organize and host quality local workshops for teachers implementing Code.org's programs with Code.org-trained facilitators; provide tools and resources to local school administrators and counselors through specialized workshops; and establish, grow, and sustain a local community of computer science educators through computer science fairs and community events.

For more information about CodeWV, contact Amanda Jelsema, 304-293-9708, or email  codewv@mail.wvu.edu.