Hey, big news: For the first time, women outnumber men in a UC Berkeley Computer Science course. Could this be a new trend?
Think about our obligation to teach our children how to excel at the experience of choosing, to provide them with guidance and expose them to options that they may not have chosen.
Allowing computer science to replace foreign language credits may actually hinder a student's ability to get into competitive colleges that are increasingly requiring students to have taken two to three years of a foreign language in high school.
If we do not mobilize to provide these vital tools, skills and education, we will squander the incredible potential of the world's youth and put at risk our future global economic security.
Do not forget -- understanding the basics of computer science will aid you in nearly any field, as almost all businesses are emphasizing technology today.
Welcome to the Windward International Collegiate Programming Championship (Code War). Students at schools from Stanford to CMU to MIT participate, making this truly a competition of the best of the best.
This week is a very special week in the United States and the world: everyone is invited to try what computer science is all about.
There is a lot of debate about whether we need more STEM-skilled professionals. Skills taught in classes like computer programming develop students in ways that help them over the long term.
Limiting computer science to just technical things would be limiting it to people who are interested solely in those topics, which is dominated by the male population.
While it's become obvious that access to mentors increases a girl's chances of making it through college with a computer science degree, we need to do more to get girls interested in pursuing those degrees in the first place.
Teenage girls are some of the most active users of mobile phones. But they don't see themselves as inventors of technology. They do not interact with mobile technology and think "I can build something better".
"I take inspiration every day from my fellow Smithies, all of whom are equally ambitious. They are an impressive (albeit sometimes intimidating) group of women, of which I am blessed to be a part."
Chances are, you're going to have a hard time trying to avoid technology this Thanksgiving... so why not surprise your family by embracing the robotic uprising this year, rather than trying to prevent it?
There are many obstacles for students to learn computer science. Whether or not one believes that everyone can be a programmer, the fact remains that 90 percent of high school students never even have the opportunity to learn.
This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by Vijay Kamath, coder Crash...
Computer and mathematical occupations are projected to experience a 22 percent job growth over the next decade, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). This category is one of the top five occupations tracked by BLS, with one of the highest median salaries.