The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) is joining the effort to promote Computer Science Education Week, which commemorates the birthday of computing pioneer Grace Hopper and highlights the need to support computer science at all education levels.
"Computer Science — or more broadly information technology or computing — drives our economy, ensures global competitiveness, accelerates the pace of discovery, and is crucial to achieve many of America's national and societal priorities," says NSF's Jan Cuny. "Yet, despite the growing demand for IT specialists and professionals with computer science skills in all disciplines, we are teaching less computer science in our schools."
Computer science is the only science, technology, engineer, and math field that has more job openings than there are college graduates to fill them. The NSF directorate for Computer Information Science and Engineering is working to address this problem by promoting ways to make computer science more available and engaging to K-12 students. Last year NSF began publishing its "Bits & Bytes" newsletters, which is designed to engage students in computer science by highlighting cutting-edge scientific research, videos, interactive activities, and profiles of inspiring computer scientists.
From U.S. National Science Foundation
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