Hello, and welcome to CSEdWeek 2010! Computer Science Education Week is a "call to action" to make computer science education a priority for students in the 21st century. Congress designated the week of December 5-11 a national week of awareness, events, activities, information-sharing, and community that will elevate the importance of computer science education for everyone in the United States. Everyone can participate!
Girls in Tech recently announced the launch of a new Mentorship Program, which will seek to provide "integrated, engaging and educational high-touch workshops for young girls ages K-12." Components will include summer camp programs, "labs" that teach entrepreneurship and business concepts, software and basic tech classes, and a leadership program.
I have a confession to make. My degree is in psychology and my work experience is primarily in communications and marketing. I'm not what you'd call a "technical woman," yet I am a woman who works in tech and works with women who work in tech.
Did you know that Google has been working to advance computational thinking (CT) as a curriculum foundation in K-12 schools? Engineers at Google have been pow-wowing with California-based teachers over the last year to explore how to incorporate computational thinking into K-12 curriculum, in a way that enhances student learning and builds this critical 21st century skill for everyone.
While the number of women pursuing degrees in computer science (CS) in the U.S. has declined (dropping from 37% to 22% between 1984 and 2005), in India it has increased (32% of Bachelor’s of Engineering in CS degrees and 55% of Bachelor’s of Science degrees in CS in 2005).
Some of you may recall that earlier this year, DARPA issued a call for programs that would measurably increase the number of students choosing to study computer science at the K-12 level. This week we saw articles providing more details about the winning “CS-STEM” DARPA grant programs, and how these programs will work together.