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What is Careers with Code?

Careers with Code is a magazine and online resource that shows how computer science (CS) can intersect with students’ passions to create a dream career in health, sports, business, engineering, and many other fields. We call this “CS + X”, where X can be virtually any passion or industry.

As a former high school math and science teacher and administer, I believe that one of the greatest gifts we as educators can give to our students is to open up the world of possibilities. From self-driving cars to temperature sensing fabrics, computer science is embedded in so many industries today. If you want to be a policy maker, hold a credit card or own a car, having an understanding of computer science will also help you to be a more informed consumer and shed light on how your data is stored and transferred.

We hope that Careers with Code can support you in making real-word connections between computer science and their “X” – where X is your student’s passions, dreams and their future!

– Mo-Yun Lei Fong, Director of K12 Education Outreach, Google

What's CS + X?

When computer science (CS) is combined with another subject, it can bring new insights and new ways of approaching things. We call this “CS + X”, where “X” can be virtually anything – from art, music and gaming to sports, business, social justice and sustainability. It's a way to show students how their passions can intersect with coding careers.

How do educators use Careers with Code?

Through our teacher resources!

Each issue of Careers with Code includes educator resources to help integrate the magazine with classrooms, library coding projects and outreach programs. The Careers with Code Teacher Notes are for teachers, librarians, school counselors, parents, STEM-based organizations or mentors that could use these guides to expose and inspire students toward potential careers in computing. For teachers, these resources are ideally suited for grades 7-10. Feedback on these resources and Careers with Code is welcomed here.

Download the Educator Resource for Issue #1 – Computational thinking (pdf)

Download the Educator Resource for Issue #2 – Computer science and social change (pdf) 

What are other people saying about Careers with Code?

 

“I’m looking at the online magazine now, and I LOVE it! It’s really fun and cool! I can use this in my groups, and ALL of our teachers can use it in our classroom advisories.”Angela Cleveland, M.S.Ed., M.Ed., MA, School Counselor, Google Certified Educator

I absolutely love Careers with Code. What a great resource. I would love to use it in our program next year.Emma Dicks, Founder & Director of Code4CT 

“I wanted to say thank you for the Careers with Code magazines that you rushed to our event in DC. Our Regional Partners loved them and are now asking how they can get more!”Code.Org

Why are CS careers important?

Between 2012 and 2020, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that there will be 1.4 million new computing-related careers available in the US economy, but only enough recent CS graduates to fill 400,000 of those jobs. This means a million CS careers will go unfulfilled! Computing occupations are now the #1 source of new wages in America.

How do librarians use Careers with Code?

Gina Bravo, Program Development and Coordination Librarian, San Diego Public Library

Q. What are the sorts of STEM programs running at your library and why did you decide to implement their programs?

In 2017, we launched an annual “Spring into STEAM” program for kids ages 9-12, in which each of our 36 locations participate. This program was implemented to address geographical inequity in our city, and provide a unified distribution model for hands-on educational resources to our network of communities. We’re very proud of the success we achieved early-on; through a partnership with the International Barcode of Life, our Citizen Science component of Spring into STEAM gained world-wide acclaim as the largest DNA Sequencing citizen science project in the world. The rationale for providing these programs is based on the need to develop interest in STEM careers, and connect our resource of talented local youth with our Innovation economy.

Q. What is the role of libraries in connecting communities with STEM?

I see our role as building confidence. STEM is at its core about experimentation. Children understand how to imagine and create through play, but the seriousness of scientific concepts has been a barrier to some. Our goal is to provide encounters with new concepts and technology in a laboratory like space within the library. Since we’re known by kids and families as a safe place to learn and grow, it’s a natural fit for our communities to explore and discover new ideas and potentially be inspired to follow a concept introduced at one of our workshops all the way into a career.

Q. What do you think of Careers with Code magazines?

Content is high quality, thank you for sharing the awesome things going on around the world! 

Webinar

During this interactive CS webinar, participants talk directly with the innovators behind the Careers with Code publication. Guided by a discussion with representatives from Google's K12 Education Outreach team, Refraction Media, and the National Girls Collaborative Project, together they take a dive into the multitude of pathways girls can take to a career in computer science.

How do counselors use Careers with Code?

“I find the magazine to be extremely helpful to engage in discussions with both students and counselors. I am definitely about the tech, but I find having the print version in my hands and going through it with a student or counselor makes a greater impact.”

Angela Cleveland is the Co Founder at the women in STEM initiative ReigningIt, and a professional school counsellor with ‎New Jersey School Counselor Association and NJ State School Counselor of the Year. Having come across Careers with Code at a focus group session on issue 1 run by Google Education, Angela has used the magazine within her school, presented it at the Women Engineers Code Conference, WeCode, at Harvard University and also at HackHers – the women-centric hackathon at Rutgers University.

I was given a copy of Careers with Code magazine from a friend at NCWIT and was truly impressed with how the magazine led with students’ personal interests to introduce them to coding.

At the same time I was exploring the Careers with Code magazine, my friend and co-founder of ReigningIt, Saqi Mehta, was telling me about an innovative new magazine designed to encourage young people to explore computer science (CS). I am a school counselor in New Jersey, and Saqi works in tech recruiting in San Francisco. I thought that while Saqi may have a great resource in her hands, the Careers with Code  magazine was the perfect platform to inspire students to explore CS. Saqi was convinced she found the best resource, and we were shocked to discover that we were literally talking about the same magazine!

I really love the fun layout, activities and interviews. The approach of encouraging students to see how CS combines with any area of interest makes it accessible to everyone.

The magazine has helped launched conversations with students about career exploration, specifically about how computer science integrates with the students’ area of interest. Many students hadn’t considered CS before reading the magazine, and they reported feeling inspired to look into career pathways. The magazine makes the next step of career exploration very clear.

My students love the magazine! The layout is eye-catching, and the content is appealing to students at a variety of reading levels. It’s a nice balance of fun and informative. The diversity of people and interests helped students to connect with the stories. The students reported feeling like they could see themselves/their interested reflected in the people featured.

Angela Cleveland, M.S.Ed., M.Ed., MA, School Counselor, Google Certified Educator

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