Support Computer Science Education Week 4-10 December

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 17 November, 2011 – Visit the Computer Science Education Week site to sign the pledge to support raising awareness about computer science education and computing careers.

CSEdWeek 2011 is a call to action to join with parents, students, teachers and others who are participating in CSEdWeek activities and events. You can sign the pledge, find information on local events, and tools to plan your own event at http://www.csedweek.org.

CSEdWeek will be held 4-10 December in recognition of the birthday of computing pioneer
Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (December 9, 1906).

CSEdWeek aims to:
• communicate the endless opportunities for computer science education preparing students in K-12, higher education, and careers;
• provide information and activities for students, educators, parents, and corporations to advocate for computer science education at all levels; and
• eliminate misperceptions about computer science and computing careers.

Organizers point out that computer science is ubiquitous; it touches everyone’s daily lives and plays a critical role in today’s society by driving innovation and economic growth. The field is shaping the future by solving some of the world’s grandest challenges and creating today’s most exciting innovations. In addition, computing-related jobs remain strong despite the nation’s extraordinary economic challenges.

Computer science education is essential to:
• expose students to critical thinking and problem solving;
• instill understanding of computational thinking for success in the digital age;
• train students for computing careers that are exciting, plentiful, and financially rewarding; and
• prepare students to tackle the world’s most challenging problems.

As the role and significance of computing has grown, CS EdWeek organizers say the teaching of computer science in the K-12 education system has dramatically declined. Among the issues:

  • Insufficient innovative computing curricula for students at all levels;
  • Limited opportunities to study computer science in an engaging and rigorous way;
  • Lack of ethnic and gender diversity among computer science students;
  • Few opportunities for teachers’ professional development and certification in computer science education.

CSEdWeek is an collaborative activity of Computing in the Core (CinC), a non-partisan advocacy coalition of
associations, corporations, scientific societies, and other non-profits that strive to elevate computer science
education to a core academic subject in K-12 education. CSEdWeek’s core partners are the Association for
Computing Machinery, Microsoft, Google, Computer Science Teachers Association, National Center for
Women & IT, IEEE Computer Society, Computing Research Association, College Board, Anita Borg Institute
for Women in Technology, SAS, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and the National Science
Teachers Association.

About the IEEE Computer Society

With nearly 85,000 members, the IEEE Computer Society is the world’s leading organization of computing professionals. Founded in 1946, and the largest of the 38 societies of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Computer Society is dedicated to advancing the theory and application of computer and information-processing technology, and is known globally for its computing standards activities. For more information, go to http://www.computer.org.

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