Celebrating Admiral Hopper and CSed Week

December 6, 2010 at 1:46 pm Leave a comment

Thursday December 9th would have been Grace Murray Hopper’s 104th Birthday.  Grace Hopper Hopper was described as a “mathematician, computer scientist, social scientist, corporate politician, marketing whiz, systems designer, and programmer,” and, always, a “visionary.” The week of her birthday is chosen as CSEd Week.

Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) December 5-11, 2010 aims to:

  • Eliminate misperceptions about computer science
  • Communicate the endless opportunities for which computer science education prepares students in K-12, higher education and careers
  • Provide information and activities for students, educators, parents, and corporations to advocate for computer science education at all levels.

    Tomorrow, Georgia Tech is hosting a Cool Computing Day (organized by Barbara Ericson). We’ve got kids bussing in from all over the Atlanta Metropolitan area. Best part about it: When the call went out for faculty to speak to the students about their research, we got more faculty offering talks than we had slots!

    More information on CSEdWeek:

    Why Computer Science?
    Computing plays a critical role in society by driving economic growth and creating today’s most exciting innovations. Computer science education prepares students for careers that are plentiful and financially rewarding, and exposes them to vital critical thinking skills. Yet, issues with curricula, standards, diversity, professional development and certification prevent many students and teachers from engaging in computer science education.

    Join In! Everyone can participate:

  • Pledge your support and share your plans to celebrate at www.computinginthecore.org
  • Follow CSEdWeek on Facebook and Twitter; share information through your networks
  • Celebrate CSEdWeek in your school, club, or workplace

    Sponsors and Partners
    CSEdWeek is a collaborative effort of the Association for Computing Machinery, Anita Borg Institute for Women in Technology, Computing Research Association, Computer Science Teachers Association, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Google, Intel, Microsoft, the National Center for Women & IT, National Science Foundation, SAS, and WGBH. CSEdWeek is an activity of Computing in the Core, a non-partisan advocacy coalition of associations, corporations, scientific societies, and other non-profits that strive to elevate computer science education to a core academic subject in K-12 education.

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