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Microsoft puts spotlight on teaching young technology skills for future

“Computer science is critical to almost every other field of science and engineering,” says Rick Rashid, svp, Microsoft Research.

To boost the pool of qualified computers scientists, Microsoft executives helped urge Congress to designate the week of Dec. 7 as National Computer Science Education Week, in honor of Grace Murray Hopper, a pioneer in the computer science field who was born on Dec. 9, 1906. Joining effort were Association for Computing Machinery, Google, Intel, Computer Science Teachers Association, National Center for Women & Information Technology and Computing Research Association. U.S. Department of Labor projected that by 2014 there’ll be more than 2 million job openings in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in U.S. As the economy fights to lift itself out of recession, it becomes even more important for U.S. to equip its teachers and students with skills and tools to take advantage of these opportunities. Computer science is just a part of STEM job category, but it holds a key to increasing quality of tools for all tech workers. Ever since computers were first used to solve complex math problems, humans have been freed up to work on other tasks. None of this’s possible without computer scientists.

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