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Carnegie Mellon is proud to host a day celebrating both national and local efforts in computer science education.  Join us on December 9, 2009, as the nation celebrates Computer Science Education Week, for posters, presentations and discussions about CS education.


Making K-12 Computer Science Education a National Priority

Featured Speaker:

          Cameron Wilson, Director of Public Policy for the Association for Computing Machinery

Other speakers include: David Klahr, Walter van Dyke Bingham Professor of Cognitive Development and Education Sciences, Bernadine Diaz, Leigh Ann Sudol, and many others giving lightning talks and posters.  Talks will highlight CS education’s contribution to the learning sciences, engagement and outreach at CMU, as well as a national picture of computer science education.

Special Event: Grace Hopper Birthday Celebration

Join us for cake and a celebration of Grace Murray Hopper on her birthday.  As the woman who coined the term "bug" in a program by finding a moth which had burned out a relay, it is only fitting that we celebrate her on this day.  Watch a video of a talk she gave in 1986 at Digital Equipment Corporation.  Enjoy your cake and investigate the undergraduate research posters highlighting the excellent work of CMU’s undergraduate students.

Schedule of Events

9:00 AM

Breakfast and Posters
– Reddy Conference Room - Gates & Hillman Centers 4405 and Hillman Entry Lobby

9:30 AM Talk and Welcome
– Reddy Conference Room - GHC 4405
Randy Bryant, Dean, School of Computer Science
Mark Stehlik, Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Education
10:00 AM

Computer Science Education: Contributions to the Education Sciences
David Klahr, Walter van Dyke Bingham Professor of Cognitive Development and Education Sciences

10:30 AM

Educational Robotics Research
Tom Lauwers, CREATE: Community Robotics, Education and Technology Empowerment Laboratory,
Robotics Institute

11:00 AM Lightning Talks Round 1
– Reddy Conference Room - GHC 4405
Manuela Veloso, Herbert A. Simon Professor of Computer Science and Robotics
Adrien Treuille, Assistant Professor of Robotics and Computer Science
Robert Murphy, Ray and Stephanie Lane Professor of Computational Biology
Christopher Langmead, Assistant Professor of Computer Science

11:45 AM

Lunch and Discussions
– Reddy Conference Room - GHC 4405
Microsoft Resources for Teaching Computer Science
Lindsay Lindstrom, Academic Developer Evangelist, Microsoft Corporation
Google's Support of Education and Computer Science Education
Brady Hunsaker, Software Engineering, Google Research Pittsburgh

12:30 PM Lightning Talks Round 2
– Reddy Conference Room - GHC 4405
David Touretzky, Research Professor of Computer Science and Robotics
Seth Copen Goldstein, Associate Professor of Computer Science
Norman Sadeh, Professor of Computer Science, Institute for Software Research
1:00 PM

Making K-12 Computer Science Education A National Priority
Cameron Wilson, Director of Public Policy, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

From the President of the United States to local school boards, leaders are discussing reforms to science, technology, engineering and mathematics -- so-called "STEM" -- education. With computing now driving economic growth and transforming the world, its seems natural that Computer Science education would be an integral part of this conversation. Yet students often do not have a chance to be exposed to this important discipline in K-12 education. Computer Science education needs to be at the table for this important national debate but, for a variety of reasons, it is often relegated to the shadows. This presentation will look at the complex education policy environment; discuss current strategies to get Computer Science noticed and counted; and the need for a long-term national, state and local strategy of engagement if we are going to reform Computer Science education at the K-12 level.
2:00 PM

The State of Computer Science Education: A Standards Analysis
Leigh Ann Sudol, Computer Science Department
Colloquium on Computer Science Pedagogy

There has been an increasing focus on the availability of computer science at the K12 level in the United States. Declining enrollments and a lack of diversity in the field have prompted research that has shown that in order to engage the students who are not already seeking out our field we need to reach them at an earlier age than college.Employers are also asking for general computing and reasoning skills that extend beyond the current computer applications curriculum in most states. In today's climate of standards driven education at the K12 level, it is clear that we need to understand the standards that are in place for computing and computer science education, as well as the requirements that computing satisfies for graduation. In 2003 the ACM, in collaboration with the Computer Science Teacher's Association, released the Model Curriculum for K12 Computer Science. The state standards for math, science and technology from the 50 United States were compared to this curriculum for evidence of implementation and alignment. This talk will present the findings of that research along with information about how computing contributes to a student's graduation requirements.
3:00 PM Grace Hopper Birthday Celebration
Including a unique video presentation from 1986 (on-going)
– Rashid Auditorium - GHC 4401
3:00 PM Undergraduate CS Research Posters
– Entrance Lobby and adjacent areas - Hillman Center 4th Floor


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