Did you know that Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) is just around the corner?
Since we know that an increase in computer science education creates opportunities to increase the diversity of people who pursue computing, NCWIT is a major fan of CSEdWeek. As a fan of NCWIT, we hope you will become a fan of CSEdWeek, too. To help stoke your fandom, we’re going to tell you a few things about CSEdWeek and computing education that you may not have known:
Did you know that CSEdWeek was born in 2010 when the 111th Congress passed House Resolution 1560, “Supporting the increased understanding of, and interest in, computer science and computing careers among the public and in schools, and to ensure an ample and diverse future technology workforce“?
Did you know that CSEdWeek takes place December 9-15, 2012, to coincide with the birthday of visionary computer scientist, Admiral Grace Hopper, who was born on December 9, 1906?
Did you know that only 9 states allow computer science to count as a math or science graduation requirement, and did you know that the number of high schools offering AP computer science has fallen 35% since 2005?
Did you know that the lack of computing education in schools especially impacts girls, because girls get fewer informal opportunities to experience computing outside of school?