Computer science to recognize CSEdWeek Dec. 5-11

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering will recognize Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) Dec. 5-11.CSEdWeek is celebrated nationwide throughout the week with contests, gaming competitions, conferences and workshops in order to bolster the teaching of computer science at all educational levels, as well as to bring about an awareness of the many careers within computer science. CSEdWeek has been endorsed by Congress in recognition of U.S. Admiral and computer scientist Grace Murray Hopper's birthday (Dec. 9, 1906) and her extraordinary contributions to the field of computer science.Computer science touches everyone's lives with driving innovations and economic growth, and providing job opportunities. Computer science education exposes students to critical thinking and problem solving; it instills an understanding of computational thinking for digital age accomplishments, and prepares students to address the world's most challenging problems from a computation perspective.The Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M organizes many computer science education opportunities for high school students. The department, along with its Industrial Affiliate Program members, supports an outreach program for Texas high schools. In 2006, the department held the first CSE contest for area high schools. The competitions have focused on everything from designing user interfaces to creating mobile applications that benefit high school clubs.These contests encourage high school students to consider pursuing a degree in computer science and engineering. They are fun and engaging, exposing students to aspects of computing they might not have previously considered.The significance of computer science has grown, yet the K-12 teaching of it has declined. Few students have the chance to study computer science prior to college. Teachers have few opportunities for professional development in computer science, and certification for computer science teachers is virtually nonexistent nationwide. The Computer Science Teachers Association is proactive in combating this problem. This organization supports and promotes the teaching of computer science and other computing disciplines. CSTA provides opportunities for K-12 teachers and students to better understand the computing disciplines and to more successfully prepare themselves to teach and learn.For more information about the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University, please visit