Computer Science Education Weekby Representative Jared Polis
Posted on 2013-12-11
POLIS asked and was given permission to address the House for 1
minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)
Mr. POLIS. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of Computer Science
Education Week, a time in which educators, businesses, policymakers,
and communities can come together to celebrate the important role of
In the next 10 years, there will be more than 1 million more computer science jobs than we have students studying computer science. We need to address that gap. That is why Representative Brooks and I introduced the Computer Science Education Act, H.R. 2536. Without creating any new Federal programs or requiring any new spending, our bill would allow existing Federal funding to support computer science programs across our schools.
This week, students across the country can try out computer science by participating in the ``Hour of Code.'' On Monday in my district, St. Vrain Valley School District students worked with Oracle to develop apps to help get K-8 students excited about computer science. At CU- Boulder, college students designed their own video games that allow people with no coding experience to create their own 3-D worlds. Through the National Center for Women and Information Technology in my district, more than 300 companies are working to increase the participation of girls and women in computing.
I hope you join me in supporting Computer Science Education Week either by participating in the ``Hour of Code'' or supporting the Computer Science Education Act.