CSC News

November 14, 2006

Department Participates in NCSTA Conference

Societal relevance of computer science is growing rapidly, as are the computer science and IT job markets. With over a million new jobs in this space projected by 2012, there has never been a better time for middle and high school students to consider a career in computer science.
This is precisely the message taken by the NC State department of computer science to the science teachers and educators participating in the North Carolina Science Teachers Association (NCSTA) Conference in Greensboro, NC on November 9 & 10.
The department took out a full page ad in the conference program and sponsored an information booth in the Exhibition Hall during the conference to promote the strengths of the department and enlighten educators and counselors about the remarkable career opportunities projected over the next decade, especially for females and minorities.
This strategic outreach initiative was made possible as a result of funds generated by the Diversity in Computer Science Endowment, a relatively new endowment launched by several members of the department’s Strategic Advisory Board. The endowment’s purpose is to increase the attraction and retention of females and minorities to the field of computer science.  
More than 1,200 science teachers and educators attended the conference, and several hundred stopped by the computer science booth during the event.
Congratulations to the following winners of three Staples gift cards, donated by Super ePartner, Cisco Systems:
  • Sherri Jones – Winner of $150 gift card. Jones is a high school biology teacher at Davidson County Extended Day School in Lexington.
  • Joyce Steel – Winner of $75 gift card. Steel is an 8th grade science teacher at Daniel’s Middle School in Raleigh.
  • Sherwin Washburn – Winner of $25 gift card. Washburn is a 4th grade science teacher at Cliffside Elementary School in Cliffside.
Through an active and ongoing engagement with North Carolina’s science teachers and educators, we hope that future generations of middle and high school students are better equipped to make informed decisions about their educational and professional careers.

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