Computing Education for the 21st Century
National Science Foundation
Next Deadline: May 1, 2011
The Computing Education for the 21st Century (CE21) program aims to build a computationally savvy 21st century
workforce that positions the US to demonstrate a leadership role in the global economy. Innovations in computing and
more broadly, information technology (IT), drive our economy, underlie many new advances in science and engineering,
and contribute to our national security. Projected job growth in IT is very strong.
The goals of the CE21 program are to: Increase the number and diversity of K-14 students and teachers who develop
and practice computational competencies in a variety of contexts; and increase the number and diversity of early postsecondary
students who are engaged and have the background in computing necessary to successfully pursue degrees
in computing-related and computationally-intensive fields of study. The program seeks to increase computational
competencies for all students, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, disability status, or socioeconomic status, and regardless,
too, of eventual career choices. By promoting and enhancing computing K-14 education, the CE21 program
seeks to increase interest in computing as a field in its own right, and also to better prepare students for successful careers
in other computing-intensive fields.
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