Ohio’s most recently enacted state budget contained language that called for the creation of a first-of-its-kind State Committee on Computer Science. That group, an initiative of the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) and Ohio Department of Education, had its inaugural meeting on Wednesday, November 17, 2021, and its leaders are inviting Ohioans to help answer one key question:
What would it take for Ohio to become a national leader in computer science education?
“The State Committee on Computer Science includes 26 members from across the state, from Celina to Cincinnati, from Athens to Columbus and Cleveland,” said ODHE Senior Vice Chancellor and Committee Chair Mike Duffey. “We are asking Ohioans with an interest in computer science to answer this question and send two or three ideas to the committee. We want to give a voice to all Ohioans regarding computer science and the impact it can have on Ohio’s future economic competitiveness. We know there are many more voices among industry, education, and Ohio’s families with ideas to suggest.”
Ohioans interested in sending ideas to the State Committee on Computer Science are asked to email them by December 2, 2021, to email@example.com. They will be compiled and shared with the committee at its next meeting on December 15, 2021. The committee will accept ideas on a rolling basis for future meetings, as well.
“One key to the success of this committee will be how well we are able to build on the existing computer science skill, talent and knowledge base Ohio already has,” said John Wiseman, education program specialist at the Ohio Department of Education. “Fortunately, there are amazing things happening all over the state in the field of computer science and we hope to be able to use that foundation as a starting point to position Ohioans as leaders in this area of study well into the future.”
About the State Committee on Computer Science
The State Committee on Computer Science was established by HB 110, the most recent state operating budget, and convened on November 17, 2021, to begin the work of developing a state plan for computer science education for the purposes of primary and secondary education.
The committee is charged with making recommendations that, if implemented, would help make Ohio a national leader in computer science education.
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