Computer Science Education Weekby Representative Susan W. Brooks
Posted on 2015-12-08
BROOKS of Indiana asked and was given permission to address the
House for 1 minute.)
Mrs. BROOKS of Indiana. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in recognition of
national Computer Science Education Week. Established in 2009 to
coincide with the birthday of one of the first women in the field of
computer science, Grace Murray Hopper, Computer Science Education Week
provides a unique opportunity to connect students with opportunities in
the computing fields. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that in
the year 2020, there will be roughly 10 million jobs in STEM fields. Of
those, half are expected to be in computing and information technology.
Despite these opportunities, there is a substantial shortage of individuals with skills needed to fill computing jobs. The more we can expose and engage our students in computer science programs, the better prepared they will be for the jobs in the 21st century.
This week, Representative Suzan DelBene of Washington, my co-chair on the Congressional Women's High Tech Caucus, and I introduced House Resolution 554 to encourage schools, parents, and our colleagues to support computer science education, participate in an Hour of Code event this week, and join this national movement in computer science education.