Does your child want to learn to code? Do you want to spark an interest in your kids in computer science? Well, you're in luck. Bend-based Manzama is introducing its first "Cool Kids Code" course, a FREE six-week class for kids ages 8 to 12.

Does your child want to learn to code? Do you want to spark an interest in your kids in computer science? Well, you’re in luck. Bend-based Manzama is introducing its first “Cool Kids Code” course, a FREE six-week class for kids ages 8 to 12.

Enrollment began today. Classes start Aug. 14 and run until October.

The course is a homegrown attempt to address the general lack of computer science education available to kids. According to this sad pie chart, just a sliver of kids graduate college with a computer science degree, despite the plethora of jobs in the field. (Side note: Try to find a software company here or elsewhere in Oregon that isn’t looking for good developers.)

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Courtesy of Manzama

Need some more convincing: A recent survey of the college class of 2008 revealed that 95% of computer science majors had full-time jobs and were earning $72,600 per year on average. Meanwhile, humanities graduates reported working multiple jobs and earning an average of $43,100. (Thankfully our souls are nourished by hearty debates about really long poems. And top ramen.)

Manzama is making use of the code.org curriculum, which is available online to anyone interested in learning how code. Or as I like to call it: magic. So sign up your kids. And let us know how it’s going.

Kelly Kearsley

Kelly Kearsley, the co-founder of StartupBend.com, is passionate about startups, entrepreneurship and Bend. In addition to writing this blog, she creates content and manages content projects for global financial companies, tech firms and startups. She began her career as a newspaper journalist and later worked as a freelance writer. Her work has appeared in WSJ.com, Money Magazine, CNNMoney, MSNBC and Runner's World. See her work at kellykearsley.contently.com or kellykearsley.com.

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