By Miles O’Brien, Science Nation Correspondent and Ann Kellan, Science Nation Producer, on the National Science Foundation’s Science Nation magazine, Sept. 2, 2014. “Exploring Computer Science” boosts female student participation in L.A. school district to double the national average. Jane Margolis is an educator and researcher at UCLA, who has dedicated her career to democratizing computer science education and addressing under-representation in the field. Her work inspires students from diverse […]

Is Coding the New Literacy? Why America’s schools need to train a generation of hackers. By Tasneem Raja, published on Mother Jones on Jun. 16, 2014. In the winter of 2011, a handful of software engineers landed in Boston just ahead of a crippling snowstorm. They were there as part of Code for America, a program that places idealistic young coders and designers in city halls across the country for […]

Girls Make the Grade at the White House Science Fair. Published on NBC News May 24, 2014. Girls are coming to the White House on Tuesday and they are bringing their robots with them. Dozens of kids from grade school to high school will be there for the White House Science Fair, launched by President Barack Obama in 2009. This year, the emphasis is on girls who excel in science, […]

Award will fund the Bruin Bits & Bytes Program, giving every 4th-12th grader at least one computer science learning opportunity before they graduate. By Joanie Harmon, published Feb. 4, 2014 on UCLA Ed & IS Ampersand UCLA Community School, in collaboration with Center X’s Exploring Computer Science (ECS) initiative, has been selected to receive a 2014 Google RISE (Roots in Science & Engineering) Award. The school, which serves the Koreatown/Pico-Union […]

Schools need to focus on what makes computers work, not just on how to use them. By Jane Margolis and Marcelo M. Suárez-Orozco, published January 19, 2014 as an opinion piece in the LA Times Computer science is driving innovation across all fields, so it makes sense that the Los Angeles Board of Education wants to provide its students with access to the latest technology. Students who develop expertise in […]

With shortage of computer science classes, students in Bell code after school. By Annie Gilbertson, published Jan. 7, 2014 on 89.3 KPCC. CyberPatriot is possibly the geekiest high school club in history. Sponsored by the Air Force Association, a dozen teens from the city of Bell meet after school to learn to code. Like most of the club members, senior Erika Aguiluz aspires to become a computer scientist. Aguiluz said […]

By Tom Kalil and Farnam Jahanian, published December 11, 2013. The National Science Foundation (NSF), with its long legacy of nurturing communities of research and education practitioners, is leading a transformation in CS education and learning at the national scale. NSF’s CS 10K Project aims to build the foundation needed to get engaging, rigorous academic computer science courses into 10,000 schools taught by 10,000 well-prepared teachers. To begin this, NSF […]

Published Dec. 10, 2013 on CBS LA. LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The Los Angeles City Council has officially declared this week Computer Science Week. The University of California Los Angeles, the mayor’s office, the Los Angeles Unified School District, the nonprofit Code.org and several other groups kicked off the week Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. at the UCLA Community School. The event highlighted the “Hour of Code” campaign, which gives K-12 […]

By Joanie Harmon, published Dec. 9, 2013 on UCLA Ed & IS Ampersand. UCLA’s Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, the Los Angeles Unified School District, and the nonprofit Code.org collectively launched the Los Angeles segment of National Computer Science Education Week at the UCLA Community School on Dec. 10 at the Paul Schrade Library at UCLA Community School, with local and state lawmakers, and industry leaders from Microsoft, […]

Exploring Computer Science was recently mentioned in a Smithsonian article on Educating Americans for the 21st Century… Special Report: Educating Americans for the 21st Century Kids may know their way around a computer, but in order to get a job in the new economy, they will have to know how to write a program, not just use one. By Peg Tyre, published May 23, 2013 on Smithsonian.com. “What the computer […]