Two representatives from the Orlando Science Center are making their case for the importance of computer education for children at the White House Monday.

Both Orlando Science Center president JoAnn Newman and Vice President of Education Heather Norton went to Washington D.C. to talk about the importance of establishing regional partnerships and the potential areas where impact can be made. The Orlando Science Center partners with, a nonprofit dedicated to training educators on computer science.

On Monday, Newman and Norton met with officials from across the nation to speak on the issues at the White House, including leaders from Google and Microsoft, who work with on a national level.

Computer science drives innovation through the U.S. economy, but remains marginalized throughout K-12 education, according to the Orlando Science Center.

Only 32 states allow students to count computer science courses toward high school graduation. There are 523,222 open computing jobs nationwide, but only 42,969 computer science students graduated into the workforce.

That’s why the Orlando Science Center and are pushing the issue – they hope to jettison computer science to a similar level of importance as biology, chemistry or algebra.

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