Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek), designated by the U.S. House of Representatives as the week of computing pioneer Grace Hopper's birthday, recognizes the transformative role of computing and the need to bolster computer science at all educational levels.

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and its partners promote CSEdWeek in order to:
  • Raise awareness of the critical role of computing for our global information society
  • Promote efforts to expose students—particularly in grades K-12—to robust computer science education
  • Highlight the challenges facing computer science education
  • Engage supporters to prepare students with the knowledge and skills they need for the twenty-first century

To that end, we watched an entertaining video of Grace Hopper's interview with David Letterman. I encourage everyone to watch the video.  Grace Hopper was an amazing woman.   She who would have turned 107 on December 9, 2013. Hopper created COBOL (Common Business-Oriented Language) a programming language that allowed computers to communicate through language in addition to numbers. She also is credited with coining the term “bug in the system," after a very literal encounter with an insect! Hopper joined the Navy Reserve in 1943, while still a faculty member, eventually reaching the rank of rear admiral.
Additional activities for Computer Science Education Week are available.  Anyone can learn to code!  Now is your time to try.
 


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