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Microsoft, Code.Org Target Beginner Coders With Minecraft Program

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 12:00

Microsoft and have released a new tutorial for Hour of Code, an annual campaign held during Computer Science Education Week to encourage more students to develop an interest in coding.

A Handful of Photos Yields a Mouthful of (Digital) Teeth

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 12:00

Disney researchers have developed a model-based method of realistically reconstructing teeth for digital actors and for medical applications.

The Origin of Silicon Valley's Gender Problem

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 12:00

About 25 percent of boys and 24 percent of girls expect to be working in a science-related occupation in their 30s, according to the OECD Program for International Student Assessment test. However, more boys expect to be engineers, scientists, or architects, while more girls hope to work in health, and less than 1 percent of girls expect to work in IT.

White House Boosts CSforAll Commitments for Computer Science Education Week

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 12:00

The White House has announced new commitments involving implementing computer science and computational thinking in K-12 education that build on President Barack Obama's Computer Science for All initiative. 

Vietnam's Startup Scene Lures Back One-Time Refugees

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 11:07

During Dang Van Tran's numerous attempts to flee Vietnam at the age of seven he was shot at twice, nearly drowned at sea and stranded on an island.

Coding Comics

Tue, 12/06/2016 - 12:08

Macarthur Fellow Gene Luen Yang's graphic novels introduce kids to computer programming.

White House Silence Seems To Confirm $4 Billion 'Computer Science For All' K-12 Initiative Is No More

Tue, 12/06/2016 - 11:46

Conspicuously absent from the upbeat White House blog post kicking off Computer Science Education Week is any mention of the status of President Obama's proposed $4 billion Computer Science For All Initiative.

Want a Job in Silicon Valley? Keep Away From Coding Schools

Tue, 12/06/2016 - 11:17

It was a calamitous job interview two years ago that prompted Jose Contreras to demand his money back from the coding school he attended.

100 Million Students Worldwide Will Learn to Code This Week for Hour of Code

Mon, 12/05/2016 - 12:00

Computer Science Education Week begins today (December 5), and more than 100 million students worldwide will participate in Hour of Code, a 60-minute introduction to computer programming. 

Silicon Valley's Culture, Not Its Companies, Dominates in China

Mon, 12/05/2016 - 10:46

The majesty of the Golden Gate, the windy chill of Alcatraz, the tourist hubbub of Pier 39—Zhao Haoyu’s itinerary for San Francisco had it all.