Denver Teacher Leadership Summit

Computer Science in Middle School

Computer Science education is an important challenge for school systems nationwide. CS and Electronics are neglected areas in all grade levels, with some statistics showing as many as 90% of schools offer no computer science. This would be unacceptable with any other science discipline, and computer science is a field with tremendous opportunity and job growth.

Research shows women and minorities especially respond to early, positive exposure to CS and mentoring (National Center for Women in Information Technology). A new strategy for computer science in the middle grades is needed. What should students know and be able to do with computer science to prepare them for high school and beyond? The Computer Science Teachers' Association has developed standards, and coursework and tools exist - I propose a vision for computer science that would allow every student the chance to learn the fundamentals.



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Idea No. 270