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City Council recognizes Computer Science Education Week

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Computer Science Education Week highlights the crucial role that computer science plays in transforming our society.

During this week’s Council meeting, the Council adopted a resolution in recognition of Computer Science Education Week, encouraging schools, educators, businesses leaders and policymakers to remove barriers to high quality computer science classes at all educational levels and expand opportunities for all students, especially for women and underrepresented groups in computer science.

Computer Science Education Week highlights the crucial role that computer science plays in transforming our society and how it enables innovation and creates economic opportunities.

The field of computer science is a foundational science for the digital age, underpinning the information technology sector of our economy and transforming all industries, creating new fields of commerce, driving innovation, and bolstering productivity in established economic sectors.

The information technology sector is uniquely positioned to help with the economic recovery following COVID-19 through research and development of new innovations, and the outlook for computer science jobs is bright with over 500,000 open computing positions across the country.

Providing students the chance to participate in high-quality computer science activities exposes them to the rich opportunities the field offers and provides critical thinking skills that will serve them throughout their lives.

All students deserve thorough preparation in computer science education, including access to qualified teachers, technology and age-appropriate curriculum.

There are numerous challenges to address in expanding computer science at all educational levels, such as counting computer science classes towards high school graduation, providing professional development for computer science teachers and increasing equity in the field to ensure greater representation of women and underrepresented groups at all levels and branches in the field.