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UMASS ENCOURAGES MASSACHUSETTS SCHOOLS TO PARTICIPATE IN COMPUTER SCIENCE EDUCATION WEEK DEC. 5-11, 2016
Dec. 13, 2016 -- The Commonwealth Alliance for Information Technology Education (CAITE), part of the University of Massachusetts Amherst's College of Information and Computer Sciences, and the MassTLC Education Foundation partnered up for Computer Science Education (CS Ed) Week Dec. 5-11.
In its sixth year, CS Ed Week was founded as a way to raise awareness about the need to elevate computer science education at all levels and to underscore the critical role of computing in all careers.
Through the combined effort of CAITE and MassTLC, more than 200 CS Ed Week kits were distributed to Massachusetts schools and organizations to help them prepare for, and promote, CS Ed Week.
“Those who registered with us online were sent buttons, posters and other communication tools,” said Renee Fall, CAITE project manager. “We also held two webinars to engage those wishing to learn more about how to host successful CS Ed Week events.”
CS Ed Week is endorsed by Congress to commemorate the birthday of Grace Hopper (Dec. 9, 1906 – Jan. 1, 1992), a United States Navy Rear Admiral and 1944 graduate of the Naval Reserve Midshipmen’s School at Smith College in Northampton, Mass. Hopper was a computer science pioneer and invented the first compiler for a computer programming language, leading to the development of COBOL. She also was an advocate of training young people in computer science.
CS Ed Week is a call to action to share information and offer activities that engage all students in hands-on computing. This year, hundreds of thousands of students, teachers, parents, and members of industry will take part in more than 160,000 CS Ed Week events worldwide.
“Events include anything from participating in the national effort, Hour of Code, to designing a webpage, ‘teaching’ a computer to sing, and programming a robot – and even ‘unplugged’ activities that don’t require a computer. They can be quite creative,” Fall explained. “Some schools are devoting class time and some are offering after school activities.”
CAITE has been promoting and supporting CS Ed Week since it began in 2010. Massachusetts has been among the states with highest participation in CS Ed Week for several years. According to the CS Ed Week website, there are currently 850 Hour of Code events scheduled in Massachusetts.
CS ED WEEK IN OUR UMASS COMMUNITY
Where: Liberty Elementary School, Springfield, Mass.
Where: Amherst Regional Public Schools
Sponsored by CAITE an NSF CISE Broadening Participation in Computing Alliance
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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No.s NSF-0634412 and NSF-0837739. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.