"As Upstate New York's economy switches gears towards the advanced industries of the 21st century, we need our students and education system to keep pace," said Senator Schumer. "It is critical that young adults across the
"STEM education helps all students understand the world around us," said Congressman Tonko. "Almost eighty percent of the fastest growing and well-paying jobs in the nation depend upon an education rooted in the understanding of science and math. By 2018, we will need more than one million STEM educated professionals just to stay ahead in the global economy. I applaud the hard work done by Dr. Fryling and her team at
"We are excited and thankful for the opportunity to implement SPARCS. Unlike other STEM fields, many college freshmen have not had the opportunity to learn about the computer science (CS) discipline in their high school curricula. Women and minorities are at a particular disadvantage because they are significantly underrepresented in the CS major. The SPARCS program will improve recruitment, in part, by bringing CS education into local high schools and preparing high school faculty to teach it, thereby increasing the pipeline of students interested in CS as they enter college. A special thanks to NSF, including the program directors and anonymous reviewers, Senator Schumer, Senator Gillibrand, and Congressman Tonko for their support," said Dr.
Science and innovation are key components of a strong American economy and increasing opportunity for our future leaders. In 2012,
SPARCS focuses on recruiting and retaining computing majors in high school and the first two years of college. The program includes a high school dual enrollment program that introduces computer science education to
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