Computer Science and Computational Thinking

Dec | 2016

Computer Science and Computational Thinking

Computer Science Education Week (December 5-11, 2016) serves as an annual opportunity for youth and adults to explore Computer Science (CS) and Computational Thinking (CT). This past January, President Obama called for every student to be given the opportunity to learn computer science, declaring computer science to be "a basic skill just like reading and writing," critical to the modern economy.

CS for All, announced by the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and led by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the U.S. Department of Education (ED) in partnership with other federal agencies and private partners, is ensuring that CS education is available to all students across the U.S. View the December 5 White House Fact Sheet for more information on how agencies and private partners are working together, including the new NSF program solicitation, Computer Science for All: Researcher Practitioner Partnerships (CS for All: RPP)

The ITEST program has been funding projects and research aimed at exposing youth from populations underrepresented in STEM to computer science, engineering and programming, to the computational thinking since 2013. Below are selected ITEST computer science-focused publications, resouces, and projects that are addressing the goals of CS for All.