Google’s CS First program originally started off in the Lowcountry of South Carolina before it rapidly spread around the world, with its curriculum's reach recently passing the 50,000-student mark, Google said on Wednesday.
Google’s own program managers and teaching fellows created the computer-science curriculum. These company leaders used music, video games, fashion and dancing to teach students the basics of interfacing and coding through a computer at a programming level. Thanks to all of these administrations and teachers who took the time and effort to apply these teaching tools throughout the Lowcountry, CS has spread globally.
The program, first established in 2013, is now part of more than 3,300 unique clubs at both schools and organizations throughout the U.S. More than 3,100 teachers and community volunteers lead these programs across the U.S.
“This was our first year of scaling and our big, internal, ‘secret’ goal was 25,000 kids,” Jamie Sue Goodman, a Manning, South Carolina, native who is responsible for leading the CS First Project, said. “Reaching the 50K mark is amazing and really is a credit to the teachers and gurus who are taking the materials and using them around our state, the nation and the world.”