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CSNYC To Support Series of Computer Science Career Events for New York City Students and Teachers

Monday, December 05, 2016

Students and teachers from the New York City Department of Education schools will be hands-on participants at various career-minded events supported by CSNYC in celebration of Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek), the annual program dedicated to inspiring K-12 students to take an interest in computer science (CS). Participating organizations include CB Insights, Knewton, Mount Sinai, Facebook and Morgan Stanley. 

Originally conceived by the Computing in the Core coalition and held in recognition of the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper, CSEdWeek is a grassroots campaign supported by 350 partners and 100,000 educators worldwide. 

As part of the weeklong celebration, CSNYC, the nonprofit organization that aims to ensure all New York City public school students have access to high-quality CS education, is organizing a series of events showcasing how computer science is used not only in technology companies, but also across industries including health care, finance, entertainment and education.

CSNYC’s commitments to building a robust ecosystem for CS education in NYC are detailed in the White House fact sheet released today.

EXCERPT:
CSNYC - the New York City Foundation for Computer Science Education - continues its commitment to building a robust ecosystem for CS education in the NYC public schools. In addition to supporting the city’s 10-year Computer Science for All initiative to reach all 1.1 million students, CSNYC commits to: grow the CSNYC Education Meetup to 2000 members; engage 100 local technology companies in the CS Opportunity Fair for high school students studying CS, in partnership with Microsoft TEALS, in March 2017; convene schools of education at ten NY institutions to support development of new preservice and in-service CS teacher training programs; host a convening of 60 CS education researchers at the Knowledge Forum in April 2017.

Michael Preston, Executive Director of CSNYC, said, “Providing our public school students with meaningful access to computer science is a community effort. In addition to the great work happening in schools across the city, we rely on our industry partners to demonstrate how they put CS to work every day to solve problems and make great, solution-oriented products.”

“With a K–12 Computer Science Framework now firmly in place — an important milestone in CS education — this year's celebration takes on even greater significance,” said Pat Yongpradit, Chief Academic Officer at Code.org. “Our community has made great strides in the past year getting CS into our nation's classrooms, and this year, CSEdWeek will help highlight some of those accomplishments with the help of local companies and organizations.”

CSNYC-supported events include:

Tuesday, December 6
CB Insights, a technology company that aggregates and analyzes massive amounts of data to help corporations answer questions with probability, will present on “How to Think Like a Data Scientist” via a workshop to 45 New York City public middle and high school teachers. Teachers will engage with real data sets in order to answer questions about the phenomena represented by the data.

CB Insights CEO Anand Sanwal said, “As we think about the industries and opportunities of the future, it's clear that computer science education is critical. We are excited to be supporting the great work CSNYC is doing to make this happen and look forward to seeing the next generation of great scientists and entrepreneurs coming out of NYC.”

Wednesday, December 7
Knewton, a leader in adaptive learning products, will discuss big data, adaptive learning, and computer science with 15 high school students from the Academy of Software Engineering.

Thursday, December 8
Representatives from Mount Sinai Health Systems will discuss the tech and data needs of a large and growing health care system, as well provide an overview of health care system technology careers. Twenty-five students from Inwood Early College for Health and Information Technologies will meet with key Divisions focused on technology solutions and participate in Q&A.

Tuesday, December 13
Facebook invites 35 students from the Bronx Academy of Software Engineering and 35 students from Bayside High School to learn about career pathways and the social network giant's latest products and projects from AI to infra to Oculus through interactive demos and Q&A.

Wednesday, December 14
Morgan Stanley invites 34 students from the Young Women’s Leadership Network School to participate in an interactive career day event, providing hands-on learning about career opportunities for women in technology and a tour of the firm’s cybersecurity center that features advanced technology and a collaborative workspace.