Thursday Dec. 12, 2013, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at Southside High School, 6630 Frontage@White Horse Rd, Greenville, SC 29605
Come help us celebrate computer science education and career opportunities in South Carolina! It's FREE and open to the public, including teachers, students, and parents!
The event includes presentations, displays, and demos of all kinds from university, industry, and high school groups. There will also be IT and computer science job recruiters present with all kinds of information about the job market.
Two different introductory short courses, one about programming with Scratch and another about programming Android phones with Android App Inventor will be available. While not enough to master these programming environments, the short courses should be enough to get started.
Greenville County Teachers who attend the event can earn 2 hours of recertification credit by signing up for it on the school district's portal. The event is listed as Computer Science Two Hours of Code.
What's Happening in South Carolina's K-12 Computer Science Education
South Carolina has some bright spots in K-12 computer science education but we're not yet where we need to be for 21st century excellence. Some of the highlights:
Computer Science Requirement
South Carolina is one of the few states requing high school students to take a year of computer science in order to graduate. Course offerings are often limited, but that's about to change.
New Introductory Course
A new (to South Carolina) computer course, called Exploring Computer Science (see course 5023) is available for South Carolina's high schools and may eventually become the primary means of meeting the state's computer science requirement for graduation. more
AP Computer Science
In 2012, only 276 high school students in SC took the AP Computer Science A exam. Nevertheless SC ranked 20th in the nation for number of AP Computer Science exams taken. more
SC has at least major 3 organizations, other than traditional education ones, promoting CS education. more