The Bottom Line (Original Air Date: August 11, 2015) — Only 102 Utah high school students took Advanced Placement (AP) Computer Science during the 2014/2015 school year. Cody Henrichsen taught 30 of them. The number of Utah youth studying computer science and coding is strikingly low compared to other states, even as demand for professional coders is rising. Girls are especially lagging when it comes to leaning computer programming. Nationwide less than 19 percent of students who took the AP exam were female. Henrichsen finds this unacceptable. Cody Henrichsen, a computer science programming instructor at the Canyons Technical Education Center. Since 2012 he also teaches a summer program focused on teaching teen aged girls how to code.
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