Congress Recognizes Computer Science Education as Key to Success in the Digital Age
ACM Hails Second Computer Science Education Week to Raise Awareness of Computing and Its Role in Society
The Association for Computing Machinery
Advancing Computing as a Science & Profession
WASHINGTON, D.C., September 23, 2010—The U.S. House of Representatives today passed a resolution supporting the designation of the week of December 5-11 as Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) to raise public understanding of the critical role computer science education has in preparing students for 21st century careers. H.Res. 1560, co-sponsored by Representatives Vernon Ehlers (R-MI), Jared Polis (D-CO)and Betty McCollum (D-MN), recognizes that while computer science-related jobs remain strong despite continuing economic challenges, too few students are exposed to engaging computer science education based on rigorous computational concepts.
“In order for our students to thrive in the digital age during which computing-related careers continue to drive our economy forward, it is imperative that we provide them with opportunities to take effective computer science courses that instill an essential understanding of computing and its impact on society,” said Debra Richardson, Chair of CSEdWeek and Founding Dean of the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences, University of California–Irvine. “This goes beyond simply learning basic computer skills, but rather includes fluency in using computers to solve complex problems and engaging in abstract and computational thinking. We applaud Congress for their support of this effort and for recognizing the need for a national STEM strategy that highly values computer science.”
Serving as a hub of information, http://www.csedweek.org provides curriculum guides, data, research, posters, brochures, videos and other useful resources that provide a base of information on computer science education and can be used to engage and excite students in the field. Additionally, strong online communities of educators, computer science community members and others are connected and share ideas through official CSEdWeek social networks such as Facebook and Twitter.
CSEdWeek, which began in 2009, is a joint effort led by the Association for Computing Machinery with the cooperation and deep involvement of the Computer Science Teachers Association, Computing Research Association, National Center for Women & Information Technology, Anita Borg Institute, National Science Foundation, Google Inc., Intel, and Microsoft.
The second week in December was chosen for CSEdWeek in honor of Grace Murray Hopper, an outstanding pioneer in computer science, who was born on December 9, 1906. She engineered new programming languages and developed standards for computer systems that laid the foundation for many advances in computer science from the late 1940s through the 1970s.
ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery http://www.acm.org , is the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society, uniting computing educators, researchers and professionals to inspire dialogue, share resources and address the field’s challenges. ACM strengthens the computing profession’s collective voice through strong leadership, promotion of the highest standards, and recognition of technical excellence. ACM supports the professional growth of its members by providing opportunities for life-long learning, career development, and professional networking.