To date the federal government has designated funding for COVID-19-related expenses through two major federal bills intended to provide relief to all U.S. states and territories: the CARES Act and HR133/ESSER. A substantial portion of each type of funding is available to education, both K-12 and higher education, through the state, territory, tribal, and in some cases individual city government. Most school districts are eligible for this funding, some of which can be used for programs like STEMscopes.
While the United States has come a long way in terms of education, there are still gaps in equity. One way to level the playing field is to ensure all students have access to knowledge that will prepare them for meaningful and valued employment when they enter the workforce. With that in mind, every school district in the country should incorporate coding into its curriculum beginning in elementary school.