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Type: Practitioner

Purpose: The purpose of this article was to explain a crisis where less students are choosing computer science as a major and the impact of a lack of K-12 curriculum may have on the impact of students not choosing CS as a career.

Findings: "The percentage of students who take computer science in U.S. high schools has dropped from 25% to 19%" (p. 17). Several NSF projects are currently underway to broaden student participation as well as fund computer science research. Some of these projects include Computing Education for the 21st Century (CE21); CS10K to train 10,000 CS teachers by 2016; CS4EDU in a joint effort between Purdue University's Computer Science department and College of Education; and Exploring Computer Science to bring CS courses to Los Angeles Unified School District.