The Philadelphia School District is launching a new effort to bring computer science classes to all K-12 schools in the city.
The project, called CS4Philly, is aimed at encouraging students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math. It is the brainchild of Philly startup CEO Bob Moul, whose ultimate goal is to expand tech education across Pennsylvania.
Mayor Jim Kenney said he wants Philadelphia students to be prepared for good-paying jobs that will boost the city’s economy.
“As a city, we pledge, to ensure that all Philadelphia children and youth can become full, digital citizens with equity and access to the digital economy,” he said.
Superintendent William Hite said the district has already started supplying schools with more computers, adapting curricula and urging students to take advantage of more online learning resources.
“We have ensured that our investments have remained so that students gained the essential skills to become successful 21st-century learners,” he said. “If given access to these opportunities, children can achieve.”
Starting next year, the district will train all K-12 teachers to instruct students on coding.