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Celebrate Computer Science Education Week

Posted on 12/7/2020

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December 7 to 13 is Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek), a time to highlight the importance of computer science education and encourage students to take an interest in computer science. The first CSEdWeek was in 2009, and it includes December 9 to honor the birthday of Admiral Grace Murray Hopper, one of the pioneers of computer programming who also was a United States Navy rear admiral. She was honored posthumously with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016. (Hopper invented the first compiler and coined the term "bug" to mean an error in a program after removing an actual moth from a computer in 1947!)

CSEdWeek has evolved from a focus on setting policy and influencing policy makers to recognition of the importance of integrating computer science education in the K-12 curriculum. In recent years, CSEdWeek has zeroed in on creating opportunities for students to learn coding, broadly recognized as one of the most importance technical skills for the world of work and civil society in the future. This year, CSEdWeek focuses on how teaching individuals to code can help move social justice initiatives forward. You can learn more about CSEdWeek, including a variety of great resources for teachers and students, at the website https://www.csedweek.org/

With education's emphasis on getting students to begin coding at younger and younger ages, what about getting our adult education students started with coding? Fortunately, there are a number of websites that introduce the topic in layman's terms and include coding projects that appeal to all ages, not just kids. To start, read these articles that help explain some of the basic training for beginners:

We are also excited to see adult education providing coding classes for students, such as these classes and efforts from Santa Clara Adult Education, East Side Adult Education, Burbank Adult School ICT, Poway Adult School, and this promising partnership with local tech at Patterson Adult School.

Now is the time to try coding with your adult ed students!

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