Google and Rep. Larry Bucshon Host Computer Science Event for Evansville, IN Youth
Google’s program teaches kids about the importance of STEM education with a hands-on coding activity.
(Evansville, IN) - Today, Google and Rep. Larry Bucshon paid a visit to Tekoppel Elementary to deliver the CS First Roadshow, a computer science education presentation developed by Google for 4th - 8th grade school students.
Two Google employees delivered the hour-long presentation, which focuses on teaching students both problem solving and technical coding skills through a series of interactive activities. They encouraged kids to develop an interest in computer science education by giving real-life examples of how coding and STEM education can lead to educational opportunities and exciting careers.
Rep. Larry Bucshon participated in today’s presentation at Tekoppel Elementary. He kicked off the presentation by expressing the importance of learning about computer science at an early age, and helped kids build their own fun stories using Scratch, an introductory coding tool.
“Today, the United States is the global leader for technological discovery and advancement and it is critical that we remain at the forefront,” said Dr. Larry Bucshon. “By introducing computer science to students at a young age, we can inspire the next generation to pursue careers and education in the STEM fields. It is clear that technology will continue to play important roles in our daily lives therefore we must continue to introduce the development of technology to our students to ensure that future generations of Americans have the skills needed to compete in tomorrow’s global marketplace.”
"Kids are exposed to technology at such an early age, but don’t necessarily get to learn about why computer science should be an important part of their lives - both now and in the future," said Jamie Hill, a Google spokesperson. "We want the next generation of students to be able to create technology, not just consume it."
The CS First Roadshow teaches students about the importance of STEM education and uses interactive activities to teach them coding basics. The goal of the presentation is to encourage students to develop an interest in computer science education and grow both their problem solving and technical coding skills.You can find more information on how to get involved with CS First in your community by visiting https://www.cs-first.com .