Happy Computer Science Education Week!
Tomorrow starts the one week of the school calendar dedicated to shining light on the computer science field. In the coming days, many of our children will participate in a “Hour of Code” event with a visit to www.code.org to explore how to create with code.
As a computing professional, I believe the computer science field is amazingly relevant, ever changing, and the source to some pretty cool jobs. By our very training, computer scientists are always in search of a solution – both evolutionary or revolutionary – to things that impact our daily lives. Since the start of my career, I’ve had the opportunity to research and develop technologies in support of our nation’s military. From the development of a system to detect nuclear radiation to a system that will allow our country to better prepare for and defend against increasingly sophisticated cyber threats , these types of projects make work both challenging and rewarding. I think they also speak to the uniqueness of the computing field and, as a society that is faced with increasing automation, why this week is so critical in the lives of our children.
From a historical perspective, I’d like to call attention to one of the founders of computer science – Alan Turing. Turing was a brilliant mathematician and, during World War II, invented a way to crack the German Enigma machine allowing the Allies to decrypt naval messages containing Nazi ship movements. He went on to invent the Turing Machine, the very first “computer”, and his Turing Test is still used as a benchmark for determining whether or not a computer is truly “intelligent”. There is a short documentary on YouTube that describes the life and contributions of Alan Turing.
Computer Science Education Week is great time to discuss our children’s futures and what we can do to make sure they are fully equipped to ensure those dreams come true. For those parents who have youngsters interested in computers and you just don’t know where or how to start, we’re here to help!