This week is Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek), recognizing the critical role of computing in society and the need to expose more students to the opportunities computer science presents.
The central hub for CSEdWeek houses computer science curriculum guides, data, research, posters, and brochures. The site highlights best practices that demonstrate the rigorous level of computer science education necessary to train future innovators as well as ways to engage and excite students about these courses. The site also provides a platform to share and celebrate ideas at the national and local levels through interactive links to Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. CSEdWeek is a joint effort led by ACM with the cooperation and deep involvement of the Computer Science Teachers Association, the Computing Research Association, the National Center for Women & Information Technology, the Anita Borg Institute, the National Science Foundation, Google, Intel, and Microsoft. The U.S. House of Representatives passed the resolution creating CSEdWeek, which was introduced by Congressmen Vernon Ehlers (R-MI) and Jared Polis (D-CO).
"CSEdWeek is a new national movement to raise awareness of the significance of computer science in our daily lives and our economy," said John White, CEO of ACM. "We need to make a concrete connection in people's minds between that reality and the need to focus on computing knowledge in K-12 classrooms. The conversation about computer science education speaks directly to the issues of innovation, competitiveness, and a healthy future."
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. Credited with inventing the first compiler, 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.