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December 6, 2012: How Are You Celebrating CSEdWeek? Pledge Now!

Today's Topic: How Are You Celebrating CSEdWeek? Pledge Now!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

We want to know how you are celebrating CSEdWeek—pledge now!

We are getting closer to reaching our participation goal, but we need your help! Be creative, celebrate computer science education and tell us about it! It could be as simple as introducing children to programming or encouraging a student you know to consider computer science. Use our toolkit to help you plan.

Already pledged? Thank you for your support! Now, spread the word to your networks, colleagues, friends and family to take the pledge. If you are hosting an event or activity—or simply attending one—please remind ALL participants to pledge so we can reach our goal!

Join us for our national CSEdWeek Twitter Conversation on Tuesday, December 11, at 6:00 p.m. EST. Follow #CSEdWeek to join us! For more information, click here.

CSEdWeek focuses on the real need to build strong computer science education programs in schools to ensure that the nation has the skilled workforce it will need to develop future solutions.

Did you know that:

  • Only one-third of US states have rigorous computer science education standards for high school;
  • Most high schools treat computer science courses as an elective (often in vocational technology); and
  • Only nine states allow computer science courses to count as a required graduation credit for either mathematics or science.*

Yet, by 2020, one out of every two STEM jobs will be in computing.

* See Running on Empty: The Failure to Teach K-12 Computer Science in the Digital Age, a report from Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA).