SOFTWARE…the new frontier. From music to medicine, airports to atomic bombs, grocery store check-outs to checking the weather, there’s software involved. And Knoxville students are getting into it! Software design and development is the fastest growing sector of our economy, so it’s a field that’s opening up countless present and future jobs. A story back in 2013 made a strong prediction about this growing industry. Yet, less than 2% of U.S. high schools teach courses on computer programming or “code writing.”
We’re changing that! The Great Schools Partnership just sponsored a code-writing competition for TN high school students, and 27 teams showed up to compete! Bearden High School walked away with the prize money (including a $5,000 grant for the winning faculty sponsor’s classroom and $500 gift certificates for each student on the winning team). As the competition grows, we can’t wait to see the software applications (Apps) young Tennesseans come up with to solve community challenges, both large and small.
Kudos to all the participants in this year’s competition and a special thanks for our co-sponsors: United Way of Greater Knoxville, Pellissippi State Community College and the law firm of Merchant and Gould.