Computer Science Education Week Kicks Off Today

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Greg Bortolin
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Carson City, NV - December 04, 2017

To celebrate Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 4-10), Steve Canavero, Ph.D., Nevada Superintendent of Public Instruction, joined in Ms. Sherri Kelley’s Carson High School AP Computer Science class last Friday to participate in computer coding.

“Today’s jobs require a fundamental understanding of computer science,” said Canavero. “From the time our students enter school, they are slowly immersed in the digital world. Ensuring our students have this critical computer skillset is a first step in filling the jobs that Nevada’s new economy is demanding.”

Nevada recently created K12 Computer Science Standards, the result of Senate Bill 200 that was passed in the 2017 legislative session.

"Nevada's K12 Computer Science initiatives are designed to give our kids a competitive advantage in a future where every job will be a computer-based job,” said Mark Newburn, Vice President of the Nevada State Board of Education.

To celebrate Computer Science Education Week, Hour of Code events will be planned throughout the week at state government offices, with the Nevada Department of Education, and schools throughout the state.

“We encourage everyone to take an hour during this week to stop what you are doing, go to csedweek.org, and choose one of the many activities available,” said Cindi Chang, who oversees Computer Science and STEM programs at the Nevada Department of Education. “You will be surprised at how much fun you will have learning about computer science and computational thinking.”

Computer Science Education Week is always celebrated the second week of December to commemorate the birth of Grace Hopper (December 9, 1906), a mathematician, computer scientist, US Navy rear admiral, and contributor to the development of the COBOL programming language.