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What is CS

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COMPUTER SCIENCE

What is   

and why access is important

Computer science involves the study of computers and computing applications, how they are designed, and how they impact society.   Learning to create and adapt new technologies is different from computer literacy or edtech, which focuses more on using existing technologies (e.g., word processing, spreadsheets or teaching tools).

Why all kids should have access to CS in K12

To develop foundational skills: critical thinking, collaboration, problem solving and logical reasoning

90%

51%

25%

19%

of all AP CS test takers are girls.

of all schools teach CS

of all STEM jobs are in computing

of parents want CS in taught in school

Latino/a and African-American students make up 59% of California's public school students but were just 11% of 2014 AP CS test takers Girls represent half of all CA students but are just 22% of AP CS test takers

Computer Science Prepares Students for:

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3

College

Careers

Civic Participation

Computing jobs are among the fastest growing and highest paying

Computing is in all disciplines: arts, finance, auto, entertainment, agriculture, health, journalism, manufacturing, security

Innovation with technology can make a positive difference in a global society

To learn more about computer science education equity in California, visit the Alliance for California Computing Education for Students and Schools and subscribe: www.access-ca.org or email Julie Flapan, Executive Director [email protected]