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Computer Science Programs to Increase in Hawaii Schools


A computer science class.

Hawaii's Board of Education, along with the state Legislature and University of Hawaii, is working to boost computer science programs in the states schools.

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Hawaii's Board of Education has adopted the K-12 Computer Science Standards developed by the Computer Science Teachers Association, and along with the state Legislature and University of Hawaii, is working to boost computer science (CS) programs in the state’s schools.

State lawmakers on May 1 passed legislation allocating $500,000 for educator training in CS and requiring every public high school to offer the subject by 2021.

The U.S. National Science Foundation has given the University of Hawaii at Manoa a three-year, approximately $1-million grant to train public-school instructors to teach CS courses, with the first group to be trained this summer. Another grant to the same university will provide scholarships for students pursuing degrees in cybersecurity for eventual government employment.

"The myth is that computer science is just coding, but it is beyond coding," says the Hawaii Department of Education's Hilary Apana-McKee. "It is promotion of skill sets that we want our students to have when they graduate, versus just computer science."

From Associated Press
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