Computer Science

Computer Science2020-12-22T15:50:38-08:00

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, by 2020 there will be 1.4 million new computer science jobs. However, between current professionals and university students, we will only have 400,000 computer scientists trained to fill those roles.

Computer science skills are becoming increasingly integral for jobs in all industries. The NCESD is working with teachers, schools, parents, and industry on multiple fronts to address student readiness, expand access to computer science curriculum and opportunities, and help foster interest in computer science to ensure that it becomes a core component of every child’s education.

We have adopted three areas of focus to integrate computer science into NCW classrooms:

  • First Lego League

To learn more about how your school can implement computer science curriculum into classrooms, contact:

Pete Phillips, Executive Director of Technology Services


We’re focused on Technology Education and Literacy in Schools

helps high schools build and grow sustainable computer science programs through partnerships between classroom teachers and tech industry volunteers. They work as a team to deliver CS education to students who would otherwise not have the opportunity to learn CS in their school.

Over two years, the classroom teacher gradually takes over the responsibilities of teaching the course without volunteer support. The team-teaching and volunteer system of TEALS creates a strong ripple effect: it empowers teachers who can multiply the impact by providing computer science education to hundreds more students over the years.

This year, the NCESD has 11 districts participating in this program, and we have secured funding from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction to make this program available to more districts.

TEALS was founded in 2009 by former high school CS teacher and software engineer Kevin Wang and is supported by Microsoft Philanthropies.

TEALS has two standard high school course offerings:

  • Introduction to Computer Science
  • AP Computer Science

Schools currently using TEALS in NCESD

  1. Cascade High School
  2. Chelan High School
  3. Entiat High School
  4. Liberty Bell High School
  5. Mansfield Elem and High School
  6. Manson High School
  7. Pateros High School
  8. Quincy High School
  9. Soap Lake High School
  10. The River Academy
  11. Waterville High School

Learn more about TEALS in action in the Manson School District:

To learn more about TEALS and ways you can bring it to your school, please contact:

Pete Phillips, Executive Director of Technology Services

First Lego League

Tomorrow’s innovators practice imaginative thinking and teamwork. Guided by adult Coaches, FIRST LEGO League teams research a real-world problem such as food safety, recycling, energy, etc., and are challenged to develop a solution. They also must design, build, program a robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS® technology, then compete on a table-top playing field.

It all adds up to tons of fun while they learn to apply science, technology, engineering, and math concepts (STEM), plus a big dose of imagination, to solve a problem. Along their discovery journey, they develop critical thinking and team-building skills, basic STEM applications, and even presentation skills, as they must present their solutions with a dash of creativity to judges. They also practice the Program’s signature Core Values.

To learn more about First Lego League and ways you can bring it to your school, please contact:

Pete Phillips, Executive Director of Technology Services

The NCESD has partnered with®, a non-profit dedicated to expanding access to computer science and increasing participation by women and underrepresented minorities. Our vision is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science, just like biology, chemistry or algebra. organizes the annual Hour of Code campaign which has engaged 10% of all students in the world and provides the leading curriculum for K-12 computer science in the largest school districts in the United States. is supported by generous donors including Microsoft, Facebook, the Infosys Foundation, Google, Omidyar Network.

To learn more about and ways you can bring it to your school, please contact:

Pete Phillips, Executive Director of Technology Services

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