Equipping Aussie kids for the jobs of the future

We don’t know exactly what the jobs of the future will be. But we do know that they almost certainly will involve technology. And that means that computer science will be one of the most sought-after skills of the next fifty years.

Yet the number of computer science graduates in Australia is falling. We need to reverse this trend and help Aussie schoolkids develop the skills they need to help Australia prosper and grow in a digital age.

Over 600 Aussie schools took part in the Hour of Code last week, giving themselves an introduction to the world of Computer Science. But that was just a taste. There are plenty of other courses to help educators teach computer science, and Google’s Computer Science for High School program is our way of supporting them. And now it's not just for high schools.

CS4HS is Google’s annual program that provides grants to for programs that help teachers teach computer science. Over the past 4 years, hundreds of high school teachers across Australia have gone through programs to help them equip their students with the skills of the future. As Australia’s new Digital Technologies Curriculum starts rolling out, we’re expanding CS4HS. We’re looking for programs that target teachers from primary school through to high school teachers. Applications are now open for our 2015 CS4HS program.

If you’re a teacher and want to learn more about teaching computer science, there are some classroom resources on our K-12 educators page. You can also take part in free online professional teacher development courses.

Posted by Sally-Ann Williams, Engineering Community & Outreach Manager, Google Australia & New Zealand