On NPR: Coding and the Computer Science Conundrum

Pat on Kojo Nnamdi show NPR

For years following the dot-com bust, computer science enrollment plunged steadily, prompting hand wringing over America’s competitiveness in technology and innovation. But a nationwide push to bring coding to classrooms, plus rapid innovation in apps and communications, has prompted a 13.4 percent jump in computer science majors in the 2012-13 academic year alone. But retaining those budding programmers — especially females and minorities — remains a significant challenge. Kojo explores local and national efforts to boost computer science competency, and learns how educators are revamping computational learning to give it relevance far beyond the classroom.

Guests

Pat Yongpradit
Director of Education, Code.org
Marie desJardins
Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Janice Cuny
Program Director of Computing Education, National Science Foundation

Listen: http://thekojonnamdishow.org/shows/2014-06-17/coding-and-computer-science-conundrum

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