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We Need to Convince Kids that Smart is Cool

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Written by Dean Kamen, an inventor and entrepreneur, whose notable inventions include the Segway personal transporter. He is also the founder of First (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), an organization aimed at getting more young people involved in science and technology. Follow First on Twitter@FIRSTweets.

FIRST students and their robots led the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade this year!  "We get the best of what we celebrate and our culture needs to start celebrating intelligence. When smart is finally cool in our pop culture, our kids and the U.S. economy will reap the rewards."  Read more

"Hour of Code" Campaign

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Code.org, the non-profit dedicated to promoting computer science education, has announced a nationwide campaign calling on every K-12 student in America to join an "Hour of Code." The initiative asks schools, teachers and parents across the country to help introduce more than 10 million students of all ages to computer programming during Computer Science Education Week, December 9-15, 2013.

Read the full article and learn how to get involved

U.S. Lags in Teaching Programming to Students

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This article by Caroline Craig looks at  which countries are teaching kids programming and what (if any) improvements are being made to their curriculum.  She notes a report from the College Board that in 2010 only 10 percent of U.S. high schools offered coding.

Read Caroline's article at InfoWorld.

Why STEM Matters Infographic

 The editors at Top Education Degrees researched the topic of why STEM matters.  And here's what they found:

Why STEM Matters
Source: Why STEM Matters

A Look Back in History at Programming

Women Were First Computer Programmers

Sunday, March 25, 2012

In this excerpt from "The Computer Boys Take Over," historian Nathan Ensmenger explains that the first computer programmers were women because managers expected programming to be low-skill clerical work. They were wrong: The job required skill and ingenuity and these women persevered.  Read more

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