We’re approaching one of our favourite times of the year…no not Christmas…Computer Science Education Week! Whilst we do love a bit of Christmas cheer at Robotical, #CSEdWeek is the real cracker.
Through various activities and resources, CSEdWeek aims to promote equality in Computer Science, celebrate the contributions and achievements of students, educators and CS advocates and inspire K-12 students to discover the wonderful world of Computer Science.
History of CSEdWeek
CSEdWeek, an annual event held on the week that includes the 9th December, aims to honour the birthday of Grace Hopper, an American computer scientist, who was born on 9th December 1906.
Grace Hopper best known for her pioneering work, invented the first compiler for computer languages and after removing a real moth from a computer, invented the term “debugging” (fixing a flaw in a program)! During the Second World War, Hopper worked on top-secret projects and co-wrote the user manual for MARK I, the first electromechanical computer in the US.
The first CSEdWeek was launched in 2009 by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) with the assistance of several non-profit organizations and technology companies. ACM aimed to improve the equality of the Computer Science education system at the K-12 level.
In 2013, Code.org launched the “Hour of Code”, a one-hour introduction to computer science, taking place any time during CSEdWeek. This was intended to show that anyone can learn the basics of coding, and all it take is one hour to get excited about it. Since its introduction, the Hour of Code has reached over 100 million children across 180 countries through over 45,000 events!
Celebrating CSEdWeek 2022
And the theme this year is…#CelebratingProgress!
5th to 11th December marks CSEdWeek which will highlight the progress that has occurred in CS education over the past decade. There have been many advances in making CS education more equitable and accessible for all learners and this year, CSEdWeek celebrates the progress made, whilst keeping an eye on what still needs to be achieved to give all students an equal opportunity and access to computer science in education.
Get Coding Today!
Inspire students to study Computer Science and organize an Hour of Code event during CSEdWeek! With 4 brilliant Marty activities to choose from, you can teach students the impact that Computer Science is making everywhere.
So get coding today and don’t forget to get a copy of your Hour of Code certificate.
Use #CSEdWeek and tag @RoboticalLtd to let us know how you’re getting on!