A recent post on the White House's blog mentions the Charles County (Maryland) Public School District, and their efforts to provide computer science education to all students. One of the key elements of this program is Bootstrap, a computer science literacy curriculum used by 10,000 students in 17 states and five countries whose founders include two Brown CS faculty members, Kathi Fisler (adjunct) and Shriram Krishnamurthi.
This program, the post explains, began several years ago, using Bootstrap and Project GUTS (Growing Up Thinking Scientifically) to help students learn computational thinking alongside science and mathematics. Additional curricula, again aimed at students from diverse backgrounds, are provided at the high school level. The culmination, for students in Charles County and across the nation, is a series of new AP Computer Science Principles (CSP) courses developed with NSF support that demonstrate the interdisciplinary usefulness of computer science.
The full blog post is available here.
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