By Kevin Hart December 6, 2010 3:16 pm
Did you know that the number of high schools offering introductory computer science education courses dropped from 78 percent to 65 percent from 2005 to 2009? Or that women and African American students are under-represented in AP computer science classes, even though computer science is expected to generate 800,000 new, good-paying jobs by 2016?
If your knowledge of the current state of computer science in our schools could use, well, an upgrade, this is the week to do it.
From December 5-11, schools across America are celebrating Computer Science Education Week. The U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution endorsing this week as Computer Science Education Week in the hopes of generating discussion on improving access to quality computer science instruction in America’s schools.
Computer Science Education Week is being chaired by Debra J. Richardson, who is the founding dean of the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Irvine. The staff of the National Center for Women and Information Technology are also lending support.
If you’re looking for information and resources to help you participate in Computer Science Education Week, just click on over to the Computer Science Education Week Web site.
You would expect the Web site for Computer Science Education Week to be cool, and this site doesn’t disappoint. There are resources for students, parents, teachers, administrators, higher education, and business leaders. You can take a pledge to get involved, or find an event happening near you.
Events run the gamut from a computer science teacher appreciation night at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst to a California high school field trip to Raytheon. There’s something happening in every part of the country.
If you’re doing anything special for Computer Science Education Week, we’d love to hear about it. Just post below. And if you want to tweet during the week, just use the hashtag #csedweek.