Microsoft program brings computer science to high schools

This week, 800 middle and high school students enrolled in TEALS in Washington state attended a field trip on Microsoft’s campus. Industry professionals from Microsoft and area companies (Facebook, Google) local colleges and universities participated in an opportunity fair to expose students to the real world application of computer science and what opportunities exist.

TEALS is a Microsoft YouthSpark program that brings technology professionals and curriculum to high school classrooms. Classroom teachers help TEALS volunteers hone their instructional abilities, while TEALS volunteers provide state-of-the-art content knowledge and help build the classroom teacher’s capacity to teach computer science. This school year, 110 TEALS volunteers – mostly from Microsoft, but with about 20 percent coming from other technology companies – are working with teachers in 37 high schools to teach computer science to more than 2,000 students.