Celebrate Computer Science Education Week, December 7-13

By Renee Dopplick, ACM Director of Public Policy
December 7, 2015

Join ACM in celebrating Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) during December 7-13. ACM, as a partner of Code.org, invites you to host an Hour of Code in your community and give students an opportunity to gain the computing knowledge and skills needed for creating the technologies and inventions that are driving innovation, generating economic opportunities, and changing the world.

The nearly 200,000 Hour of Code events show the high interest by students worldwide to learn computer programming. Students can learn how code works through classroom events, online coding events, and a range of activities outside the classroom. Looking to get started and join this week’s activities? Free online interactive Hour of Code tutorials enable users to learn basic concepts of programming using “blocks” of code while building their own game.

About Computer Science Education Week
Computer Science Education Week launched in 2009. CSEdWeek is held annually the second week in December, which coincides with the birthdays of computing pioneers Admiral Grace Murray Hopper on December 9 and Ada Lovelace on December 10. The ACM Education Policy Committee was a founding partner of the nonpartisan coalition Computing in the Core, which instituted the inaugural Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek). ACM continues to partner with Code.org, a nonprofit coalition dedicated to expanding computer science education, in celebrating the annual CSEdWeek. Last year, this global movement reached tens of millions of students in 180 countries.

U.S. House of Representatives Resolution 558
In 2009, the U.S. House of Representatives adopted Resolution 558, endorsing the creation of an annual Computer Science Education Week and calling for policymakers and educational stakeholders to consider ways to provide sustainable and inclusive learning experiences in computer science at all educational levels.

U.S. House of Representatives Resolution 558
October 20, 2009

Whereas computing technology has become an integral part of culture and is transforming how people interact with each other and the world around them;

Whereas computer science is transforming industry, creating new fields of commerce, driving innovation in all fields of science, and bolstering productivity in established economic sectors;

Whereas the field of computer science underpins the information technology sector of our economy, which is a significant contributor to United States economic output;

Whereas the information technology sector is uniquely positioned to help with economic recovery through the research and development of new innovations;

Whereas National Computer Science Education Week can inform students, teachers, parents, and the general public about the crucial role that computer science plays in transforming our society and how computer science enables innovation in all science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines and creates economic opportunities;

Whereas providing students the chance to participate in high-quality computer science activities, including through science scholarships, exposes them to the rich opportunities the field offers and provides critical thinking skills that will serve them throughout their lives;

Whereas all students deserve a thorough preparation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education, including access to the qualified teachers, technology, and age-appropriate curriculum needed to learn computer science at the elementary and secondary levels of education;

Whereas these subjects provide the critical foundation to master the skills demanded by our 21st century workforce;

Whereas computer science education has challenges to address, including distinguishing computer science from technology literacy and providing adequate professional development for computer science teachers;

Whereas the field of computer science has significant equity barriers to address, including attracting more participation by females and underrepresented minorities to all levels and branches;

Whereas Grace Murray Hopper, one of the first females in the field of computer science, engineered new programming languages and pioneered standards for computer systems which laid the foundation for many advancements in computer science; and

Whereas the week of December 7, in honor of Grace Hopper’s birthday, is designated as “National Computer Science Education Week”: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the House of Representatives—

(1) supports the designation of National Computer Science Education Week;

(2) encourages schools, teachers, researchers, universities, and policymakers to identify mechanisms for teachers to receive cutting edge professional development to provide sustainable learning experiences in computer science at all educational levels and encourage students to be exposed to computer science concepts;

(3) encourages opportunities, including through existing programs, for females and underrepresented minorities in computer science; and

(4) supports research in computer science to address what would motivate increased participation in this field.