Archive for the ‘CS education’ category


New School Year Brings New Round of “CS Bits & Bytes”

September 11th, 2012
The first issue of NSF

With the start of the 2012-13 school year, the National Science Foundation (NSF) yesterday released the first issue of the second volume of CS Bits & Bytes, focusing on biomimetic robotics, relating optimal control to the 2012 Summer Olympics. The issue highlights the work of Emanuel Todorov's Movement Control Laboratory at the University of Washington, includes links ...

Computer Science Course Now Online at the Khan Academy

August 15th, 2012
An example of Khan Academy

Last month at the Computing Research Association's (CRA) biennial Snowbird Conference, a session titled "Reflections on Teaching Massive Online Open Courses" featured Peter Norvig from Google and Salman Khan (via Skype) from the Khan Academy discussing the recent transformation taking place in education. Well, yesterday, the Khan Academy launched a brand new portal that aims to teach computer science ...

First Person: Margo Seltzer on Women in CS

July 5th, 2012
Margo Seltzer, Harvard University and CCC [image courtesy Harvard].

Harvard computer scientist and CCC Council member Margo Seltzer was interviewed last week about her thoughts on women in computer science: Txchnologist: Although women make up nearly half of the workforce in the U.S., the Department of Commerce reports that only one out of four employed computer scientists is female. Does this fit with what you see?   Margo Seltzer: It's stunning. The numbers ...

CS URGE: A Resource for Undergraduates

May 21st, 2012
CS URGE, a resource for computer science undergraduates.

The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) has developed a new website for undergraduates seeking summer research opportunities as well as advice and tips on applying for graduate school. The website is called CS URGE (CS Undergraduate Research and Graduate Education), and the URL is We URGE you to promote CS URGE with your students and place ...

Computing at the USA Science & Engineering Festival

May 1st, 2012
USA Science and Engineering Festival [image courtesy NSF].

Computing was among the excitement this past weekend at the 2nd Annual USA Science & Engineering Festival, held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. The festival is the largest celebration of science and engineering in the U.S. and featured over 500 exhibits and 75 performances and shows on multiple stages. The National Science ...

CRA’s Taulbee Survey: Undergraduate CS Enrollments Up for Fourth Straight Year

April 9th, 2012
Figure 1. Average CS majors per U.S. CS department.

The Computing Research Association (CRA) today released a report -- Computing Degree and Enrollment Trends, 2010-2011 -- providing summary data from its annual Taulbee survey of Ph.D.-granting departments in computer science and allied fields in the U.S. and Canada. As posted on CRA's Policy Blog: Enrollments in undergraduate computer science programs rose 9.6 percent in the 2011-12 school year, the fourth ...