OKMULGEE, Okla. – Educators and business leaders alike are concerned about the decline in computing majors on college campuses in the US since 2000—despite a continuing need for information technology (IT) professionals. To reinvigorate interest in computing careers, major universities have teamed with Google to empower secondary educators with the understanding and capabilities to get students excited about computing and to motivate them to consider it as a career path when they enter college.
The program, called “Computer Science for High Schools” (CS4HS) is now in its fourth year and funded by the international search engine giant Google, recently encouraged the Information Technologies Division at Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology to submit a proposal to host a workshop.
The CS4HS workshop ran from June 2 through June 4 on the OSUIT campus in Okmulgee. Oklahoma high school and career technology teachers and counselors were in attendance.
Workshop topics included:
Examples of computer science operating in close relationships with other disciplines.
•New computing skills and knowledge;
•Hands-on, non-resource intensive, implementation ready IT labs which can be used in a high school or technology center classroom;
•Trends relating to IT sustainability (i.e., green computing); and
•Update on workforce and technology trends and how computing is shaping Oklahoma’s communities.
For more information, call (918) 293-4678 or go to www.osuit.edu/CS4HS.