Computer science to be included in EBacc

Getting youngsters passionate about science at a young age can help to ignite a life-long passion in the subject, so it is no surprise that science parties for kids are proving popular.

This principle applies to all branches of science, including computer science. If people do not receive a good education in the discipline early on in life, they can struggle to get up to speed.

Recently, education secretary Michael Gove announced that computer science will be included in the English Baccalaureate (EBacc). The change is being made because of the importance of the subject for both education and the economy, the government suggested.

Computer science is to be added to the list of separate science options comprising chemistry, biology and physics, meaning there will now be four instead of three.

Students who sit any three of these four separate sciences and get at least a C in two of them will get the EBacc.

Commenting on the move, a Department for Education spokesperson said: “We need to bring computational thinking into our schools. Having Computer Science in the EBacc will have a big impact on schools over the next decade.”

The representative added that it will mean millions of children learn to write computer code, enabling them to be active creators and controllers of technology rather than just passive users.

Meanwhile, responding to the development, a Google spokesperson said: “This has been a good week for computer science education in the UK. Yesterday we were pleased to be able to make a donation of 15,000 Raspberry Pi’s to school pupils in the UK. Today’s announcement that computer science will be part of the EBacc marks a significant further investment in the next generation of British computer scientists.”

Parents, schools and other parties keen to boost youngsters’ development in science can arrange special science-themed children’s parties Leicester and elsewhere.

For more information please visit – www.eastmidlands.madscience.org

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