By 2020, an estimated 50 percent of STEM jobs will be in computer science-related fields, but colleges and universities are simply not preparing enough computer-science graduates to fill this demand. EDC is at the forefront of a nationwide movement to respond to this shortage by bringing computer science learning to more K–12 classrooms.
With funding from the National Science Foundation, EDC is leading the Bringing a Rigorous Computer Science Principles Course to New York City (NYC) partnership. The partnership’s goal is to introduce more NYC public high school students to high-quality computer science courses, with a special emphasis on attracting and keeping students from groups that have been underrepresented in computer science fields.
With its partners, EDC is carrying out several strategic strands of work:
- Writing a high school AP CSP course rooted in the Beauty and Joy of Computing curriculum from the University of California, Berkeley
- Designing professional development for 100 NYC teachers to prepare them to teach the course
- Scaling up the project over four years to reach an estimated 2,000 NYC students
- By the end of the project, more than 100 NYC teachers will have participated in the EDC professional development.
- These teachers and more than 200 other non-NYC teachers will be teaching the course to over 6,000 students.
- The course being developed by EDC is featured in a White House Fact Sheet spotlighting new commitments to advance computer science education.