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Hundreds of Teens Attend Computer Science Education Day at Cal

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High school students at Computer Science Education Day.

California high school students Jeff Chen, left, and Brandon Ye work on an exercise during Computer Science Education Day at the University of California, Berkeley.

Credit: Kristopher Skinner/Contra Costa Times

The University of California, Berkeley held its annual Computer Science Education Day on Dec. 10, drawing hundreds of students from across the Bay Area.

Students participated in programming activities, listened to a presentation on crafting games, and toured the university. The day-long event is designed to introduce high school students to programming, and possibly inspire them to study computer science in college.

The programming day also is part of the larger international Computer Science Education Week, which hopes to build greater interest in computer science careers. Dan Garcia, a computer science instructor who helped launch the university's program, believes the outreach programs are working.

More than half of Berkeley freshmen take an introduction to computer science class, and women accounted for more than half of the students taking the course for the first time last year. Garcia's course is a prototype for a new Advanced Placement computer science course promoted by the U.S. National Science Foundation through its CS 10K campaign.

From Contra Costa Times (CA)
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