Technology is a fast-paced career taking off but educators say not enough students are graduating with a degree to get paid for it!
The University of Texas at Dallas is hosting the iCode Hackathon March 30th hoping to encourage young minds to consider nurturing their skills as a career!
Digital Correspondent Sarah Macias talks with the people behind the event– Watch this preview:
The children of today are the experts of technology tomorrow.
The University of Texas at Dallas says they lead the nation in providing the most degrees in information systems and computer science, but on that same note, the demand for professionals in those fields remain high.
“We have to get the kids at the very young age and make sure that they are not intimidated by technology,” said Hassan Pirkul, Dean of Naveen Jindal School of Management.
UT-Dallas is hosting the iCode Hackathon March 30th and says it’s a great way to get children involved.
“It is indeed a very informative event for parents and at the same time it is both fun and challenging,” said Pirkul.
This all-day event gives students between the 3rd and 12th grade the chance to team up and come up with an analytical solution to a hacking problem.
Abid Abedi, the Founder of iCode; a computer science school for kids says children don’t have to know coding to participate.
“In a team, we will have somebody who knows how to code, somebody who knows how to design, there’s somebody who comes up with a solution. So it’s a collaborative team effort,” said Abedi.
Each team will present their solution to a panel of judges and if qualified, they will get a prize at the end.
“STEM education for kids is absolutely critical because we need to at the young age make sure that our kids are actually involved in problem-solving and they have, they grow up to have the skills to solve problems,” said Pirkul.
Life skills Pirkul says will benefit them in the future, possibly leading them to a classroom at UTD.
The university currently has over nine thousand students enrolled in I-T professional degrees; half are graduates.
“I think it’s absolutely critical because the jobs of the future are related to technology,” said Abedi.
The iCode Hackathon registration is open until March 25th.
Sign up: http://icode4kids.org/icodehack/