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Nsf Joins in Targeting Educators to Celebrate Computer Science Education Week 2011

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Luis Von Ahn

Luis von Ahn of Carnegie Melon university is the first issue of CS Bits & Bytes' featured computer scientist.

Credit: Luis Von Ahn

The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) recently began publishing and disseminating CS Bits & Bytes, a one-page newsletter highlighting innovative computer science research, in recognition of Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) 2011.

Computer science is the only science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) field with more job openings than there are college graduates to fill them, and the NSF's Computer Information Science and Engineering leadership is working to address this underproduction problem by promoting ways to make computer science more engaging and accessible to K-12 students.

"The CS Bits & Bytes series emphasizes how computer science permeates and improves our lives and supports progress across many other scientific and engineering disciplines," says NSF's Farnam Jahanian.

NSF is using experts from the Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Program, which consists mostly of elementary and secondary school math and science teachers. "The goal is for educators and parents to use CS Bits & Bytes to inspire students to engage in the multi-faceted world of computer science, to become not just users but creators of technology, and to develop the skills to use computation to their own ends, across a wide span of interests and disciplines," says NSF's Jan Curry.

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