By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News
They joined other kids, between 8 and 13 years old, from Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metropolitan Area chapters to participate in hands-on computer coding activity. They also heard a computer science career panel featuring Google employees who work on such popular Google tools as Chrome and Google Translate. They also took a behind-the-scenes tour of the Google office.
“At Google, we want every child to have an opportunity to learn computer science, and we want to bring opportunities like these to every kid across America,” said Darcy Nothnagle, head of external affairs Northwest at Google. “We’re so happy to be working with Boys & Girls Club to make that happen here with fun, hands-on learning opportunities.”
The visit followed the White House’s Computer Science for All Summit on Sept. 14 when Google, Boys & Girls Club of America and the Corporation for National and Community Service announced computer science programming for six underserved communities and youth, including those in Portland.
The goal over the next year is to reach 5,500 Boys & Girls Club youth using the Code Corps program to inspire and train the next generation of computer scientists with the assistance of staff in the AmeriCorps VISTA program.
The White House has estimated 51 percent of all science, technology, engineering and math jobs will be in fields related to computer science in coming years.