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Engaging Students with Computer Science Education

Current trends show a loss of student interest in computer science careers and degrees across the U.S., especially among women and minorities, even though the need for qualified candidates in this field has never been greater. Across the country, computer science experts, computer science educators, researchers, and even policymakers are developing initiatives that address these problems.

In this panel, the leaders of three such initiatives will share their perspectives on computer science education, gender and diversity in the field, and high-quality instructional design for computer science students and teachers alike. Their respective programs, Project Engage (University of Texas, Austin), Exploring Computer Science: Los Angeles (UCLA), and New Mexico Computer Science for All (University of New Mexico) represent the latest large-scale efforts in computer science education. Educators, practitioners, and researchers can all learn from their collective expertise.

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Learning Objectives

  1. Why do high school students of all interests need to learn computer science?
  2. How can educators engage diverse student populations with computer science?
  3. What instructional strategies are effective for develop computational thinking, problem-solving, and college/career readiness skills?

Speakers

Organizer

Gregory Russell, Project Manager, Project Engage


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