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Companies Push Computer Education in UK Elementary Schools

The UK is overhauling computer science education in secondary schools. However, the current shortage of computer professionals in the UK has caused at least two major technology companies to recommend computer-science education in elementary schools. Microsoft executives say this is important because in the UK, there are now about 100,000 unfilled jobs requiring computer-science degrees but only 30,500 people graduated college with a degree in the field last year. Google is supporting the concept of primary-level computer-science education by providing a grant enabling the Raspberry Pi Foundation to give 15,000 low-cost Raspberry Pi Model B computers to UK elementary schools. The Raspberry Pi Foundation will work with six UK-based educational partners—CoderDojo, Code Club, Computing at School, Generating Genius, Teach First, and OCR—to identify and work with students who would most benefit from receiving one of the computers. (SlashDot – 1)(SlashDot – 2)(Computerworld UK)(Raspberry Pi Foundation)

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