Educators focus on the importance of coding and information technology

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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT / KSVT) – The week of December 6 is Computer Science Education Week in Idaho after a proclamation from Governor Brad Little.

According to Career Builder, working in information technology can provide the highest paying entry-level jobs.

“It doesn’t matter whether you’re in Idaho or not in Idaho, it’s in demand,” said Andrew Cluff, department chair at the College of Southern Idaho, “Idaho has a lot of openings for IT people. , and you make a lot of money I do it. “

For CSI and Professor Cluff, who heads the physics and computer science departments, coding is important in all kinds of industries.

“There’s no one who gets a science degree without knowing how to program,” Cluff said.

This includes a very important industry in Magic Valley: agriculture.

“I think now when someone goes to fix a John Deere tractor, the first thing they pull out is their iPad, it’s not a wrench,” said Jeff Cooper, associate professor of agriculture at CSI.

“We’re going to see more and more overlap between businesses, between agriculture, between the sciences that are all learning to integrate coding,” Cluff said.

With the overwhelming need for knowledge across industries, the Idaho Stem Action Center invites students in grades 4 to 12, as well as family members, to participate in a bilingual hour of code Wednesday at 5 p.m.

“We say math is the international language, everyone learns math the same and can speak math. The coding is the same way, it’s just applied math, ”Cluff said. “So it doesn’t really matter what language you speak,” Cluff said.

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