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Drexel Celebrates National Computer Science Education Week 2011

November 29, 2011

National CS Week This year, National Computer Science Education Week will be held December 4-10, 2011 and Drexel University will be joining many colleges and universities across the country holding events to honor the computing field. This is the third year the nation will celebrate the importance of Computer Science as a vital part of society and raise awareness of its critical role in education, innovation and economic growth. 

“This week celebrates the many important contributions that Computer Science has made to society,” Dr. Jeremy Johnson, CS department head and professor, said. “The emphasis on computer science education is driven by the fact that everyone uses computers, but few people understand the underlying ideas and technology that makes it all possible.”

The ongoing efforts to raise awareness of computing education and careers in the industry have been succeeding, even making an impact on high school student as they begin planning their future, according to Dr. Jeff Popyack, associate head of undergraduate affairs and professor of computer science.

“We’re seeing growth in numbers of entering freshmen, larger numbers of non-majors taking our offerings, and greater numbers of female students,” Popyack said. “At this point, I would say CS Education Week is one of the results of this widespread effort, but has not yet become a galvanizing point.”

The CS Department and its computing student organizations, plus Drexel’s College of Engineering and Westphal College of Media Arts and Design, are continuing the effort to increase awareness of Computer Science by hosting events and activities Nov. 28 to Dec. 4, 2011 for the surrounding community.

“I am glad that our student groups have so many good ideas for events,” Popyack said. “There is a great combination of education and fun planned. I hope they will capture the attention of people across the university, regardless of discipline.”