'Girls Who Code'

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) The Array School of Technology and Design is celebrating Computer Science Education Week by hosting an annual event to help launch Cheyenne’s first Girls Who Code chapter by hosting an "Hour of Code."

The Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science.

According to school officials, technology jobs make up 50 percent of our workforce and that number will move to 77 percent in the next decade.

The Program is designed prepare students for future jobs and help close the gender gap, it’s crucial that today’s students receive opportunities to learn computer science.

Research shows that girls who receive early exposure to computer science are more likely to take computer science classes in high school.

"Computer science teaches those things, i think we're going to continue to see the need for these types of programs just grow and grow," Wyoming Department of Education's Kari Eakins said.

Across Wyoming more schools are adopting this curriculum, according to Array CEO Eric Trowbridge these learnings will help pave the way for the future.