Not enough students are earning bachelor’s degrees in Computer Science, which is shocking as computing jobs are growing by the thousands (Zampa, 2016). These jobs have high-paying salaries and are not going to fade from the future any time soon, that is why the falling rates of computer science graduates are alarming. The working hypothesis on why so few college students major in computer science is that most think that it is too hard to learn (Wang, 2017). But I believe the real reason lies in that computer science is not an educational subject that is taught before university, which is too late for most students because by ages 12 to 13 (about seventh to eighth grade) they have decided that computer science concepts are “too difficult” for them to learn (Learning, 2022). Implementing a computer science-based education at an earlier age can possibly circumvent this seen development where students begin to lose confidence and doubt their abilities to learn computer science. This can be done easily by integrating computer science into academic subjects that are already taught in elementary schools such as science, math, and language arts as computer science uses logic, syntax, and other skills that are broadly applicable. Thus, I have created a introductory lesson plan for an elementary school class that incorporates learning how to code with robotics to promote learning computer science principles and destigmatize that it is “too hard” to learn in university.
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