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CSEdWeek celebrates computing skills and kids

It is often said that young people are tomorrow's future, but the world's leading engineers, designers and programmers also need a helping hand and in some cases even a push in the right direction if they are going to be the next Steve Jobs or Mark Zuckerburg.

And it is with this in mind that organisers have kicked off Computer Science Education Week 2011 (CSEdWeek), which is running from December 4 to 10 across the United States.

Learning new skills from those who know them best is a theme that has come to characterise the annual educational event – as is having a good time and learning the ins and outs of the world of modern technology and innovation.

On The Official Google Blog the search engine's education spokesperson Tara Canobbio said that maths, science and socialising were an important part of the program.

"Current projections show we'll have 1.4 million new computing jobs by 2018, but a recent report from the Association for Computing Machinery and the Computer Science Teachers Association found that only nine states count high school computer science courses as a core academic subject in graduation requirements."

She also said that the perception that only engineers could work in maths-based professions may be one reason why people aren't enrolling in computer science degrees at university.

"You don't have to be an engineer to do math here – if things stay this way, there will be a shortage of skilled workers to fill these valuable jobs," asserted Ms Canobbio.

In addition to being a source of inspiration, current IT professionals can also help would-be developers or computer scientists to gain new insights into the world of modern technology.

According to the event organisers computing is not only shaping the future by providing solutions to increasingly complex problems, it is also a rewarding career path that can see young people fulfil their programming potential.

Posted by Aimee McBride