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FLVS Computer Science is STEMulating

Abstract: This is a conference paper for the 2011 Advancing the ASQ STEM Agenda in Education, the Workplace and Society. The paper is titled FLVS Computer Science is STEMulating by Bill Jordan and Amie Ross.

Does computer science come to mind when you think of STEM? To date, the “T” in STEM has focused primarily on enabling students to develop proficiency in the use of commercial software rather than learning to apply algorithmic thinking to actually create software. Computer science has received short shrift in the rush to implement STEM programs despite its unique ability to connect the dots among science, technology, engineering and math. This oversight is troubling given that no other discipline offers as many 21st century opportunities, regardless of a student’s occupational goals. This presentation will demonstrate why computer science is STEMulating.

Keywords: 21st Century Skills - STEM - STEM-Increase K-20 Interest and College Enrollment - K-12 - Conference Proceedings

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