This afternoon, the White House will hold its Computer Science for All Summit, part of an initiative announced earlier this year to promote computer science learning for American students. The initiative is intended to include more students in computer science, including underrepresented groups of students, especially since job opportunities in the CS field are growing, with 51 percent of all STEM jobs are projected to be in a CS-related field by 2018.
Code Orange is a student-led nonprofit. Its goal is to teach young children from underserved communities in Austin not only how to code, but also how to use a variety of technologies. Current leader Moiz Rizvi, a computer science junior, and several of his peers founded Code Orange last September.
By Jamey Smith
When it comes to summer camp, some teenagers may be ready to trade the traditional canoes and archery for something with a bit more flash. Luckily, there’s a camp for nearly every interest these days. And as always, UT is in the vanguard.
The University of Texas Department of Computer Science (UTCS) has been selected as one of two NCWIT Second Place NEXT Award winners. The department has won this accolade for its achievements in recruiting and retaining women into UTCS and for it’s successful allocation of resources towards building a department-wide culture of support and community for women.
The field of computer science is playing a balancing act in our society these days. In some circles, holding a computer science degree immediately brands you as a cool techie who is going to catch the next plane to the promised land that is Silicon Valley. On the other hand, there are still many people who buy into the image of a computer scientist being an antisocial hacker who does genius things with computers
Around this time every year a new group of students begins to prepare themselves to bid farewell to long days of classes and tedious homework assignments and make the shift to post grad life. The soon to be graduates of the UT Computer Science department have left their mark on the school in many ways. And now, through a special program called Project Giving Tree, these students can continue to leave their mark for years and years to come.
The twelfth annual First Bytes Summer Camp, sponsored by UTCS, kicked off on June 15th on the university campus. The free weeklong camp showcases the potential of a career in technology to selected Texas high school girls.
Week with Women is a weeklong extravaganza hosted by WiCS to bring all UT Computer Science students together and have some fun while supporting women in CS.
Computer science is one of the fastest-growing majors at UT. This year, we have around 1800 students in the Class of 2017, making computer science one of the largest majors in the College of Natural Science. The problem, though, is that in most cases, middle and high schools don’t actually offer that many CS-related courses. UTCS is trying to change that, however, with CS Roadshow, a program dedicated to educating students all over Austin about computer science.
The University of Texas at Austin and the Austin Independent School District (AISD) are partnering to offer college credit to computer science students in AISD high schools.