ATLANTA (AP) - Making technology fun. That's the goal of so-called coding camps for kids that are becoming more popular amid an effort to expand access to computer programming and inspire more youths to seek technology careers. Supporters of the initiative point to estimates there will be 1.4 million computing jobs by 2020 but only 400,000 computer science students by that time.
Those at iD Tech Camps, which have grown from 200 students in 1999 to 28,000 this year nationwide, use interest in gaming to build bridges to computer programing and hopefully tech careers. At a recent forum, Code.org founder Hadi Partovi talked about his nonprofit's push to expand programming classes in schools. He notes less than 5 percent of U.S. high school students spend time learning computer science while it's a graduation requirement in China.