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CS4HS at CMU

I attended this workshop in 2006 and feel as though I am still thriving off the energy and information that was offered at this great event.  I and dozens of other k-12 teachers were presented with a wealth of fascinating lectures and activities provided by some of CMU’s more prominent professors and researchers as well as others from Google, and elsewhere.  Topics ranged from Computational Thinking, to CS Unplugged, to broadening participation in our cs classrooms, to lessons in using food to teach great ideas in CS.  We learned about computational biology, careers and social responsibility in computer science, robots, and human computation.  I felt as if I was in one of those fortuitous zones in time and space where leading thinkers and educators in the fields of computer science were assembled in one place for a short time, and I was able to listen to, interact with, and play a part with them all.  It was a great experience.  I recommend it anyone who has a passion for computer science education. 
 
Looking at their website and talking with others I see that thankfully, the idea is catching on and that other universities are offering their own version of CS4HS (University of California, University of Washington, Western Oregon University, MIT, University of Texas at Austin, and the University of Michigan).  I hope the list continues to grow and that the good news of computer science in education begins to spread.