Microsoft TEALS: Is Computer Science Taught At Your School?

Microsoft TEALS: Is Computer Science Taught At Your School?

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In addition to making operating systems, browsers, video game consoles and so much more, Microsoft is also very concerned about education. They especially want to bridge the gap between those that have skills and training and those that don’t. They do this by offering many opportunities for youth. One of the most amazing programs is TEALS, where Microsoft computer scientists, and others from all over, volunteer their time to teach computer science in high schools that don’t already have a computer science program.

How TEALS Began

Microsoft TEALS education computer science Kevin Wang

How did TEALS (Technology Education And Literacy in Schools) come to exist? It was all due to one man, Kevin Wang. After graduating with degrees in electrical engineering, computer science and education, he became a computer science teacher. During his time teaching, he created a computer science curriculum for grades 7-12.

After a few years, Wang took a job at Microsoft. After a while, he missed teaching, so he began teaching a class in a local school before work. He added on more classes, and then asked others to volunteer.

Wang became so busy with TEALS that he handed in his resignation letter to Microsoft. However, Microsoft loved the program and knew that Wang wouldn’t enjoy the fundraising part of his new job. They asked him to say on, and his whole job would be running TEALS. Microsoft would pay for the program.

How TEALS Works

TEALS is only available in high schools. There are two available courses:

  • Introduction to Computer Science
  • AP Computer Science A

Microsoft TEALS education computer science

TEALS is not meant to be a permanent program in any given school. The volunteer works with the classroom teachers to eventually hand off the CS courses to them. In rural areas, it sometimes requires the volunteer to use virtual online classes.

The Volunteers

These are working men or women in the CS industry that are giving back. If you are or know anybody that with a computer science background, check out this page on volunteering for Microsoft TEALS. You will be doing a wonderful thing.

“TEALS volunteers create a ripple effect, impacting not just the students they teach, but the hundreds of students who will study CS with the teacher they help prepare.”

Why TEALS?

We need more people with computer science skills. Not enough students are going into this field. If students are able to learn computer science in high school, they might be more apt to major in it when they get to college. Only one out of ten high schools offers computer science. In this day and age, computer science should be treated the same as biology, chemistry and physics in high school. There is still so much to be done.

YouthSpark

Microsoft YouthSpark Education TEALS

TEALS is part of the Microsoft YouthSpark program. There are over 30 more programs in YouthSpark, many you probably know about. I have previously written about:

Go to the Microsoft YouthSpark Hub to learn all about the programs or free items that might be a fit for you. And if you don’t want to miss out on the latest happenings on YouthSpark (such as the 3 new free coding kits now available) then bookmark the YouthSpark Hub Latest page.

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