Dan Garcia is a Teaching Professor in the EECS department at UC Berkeley. He was selected as an ACM Distinguished Educator in 2012 and ACM Distinguished Speaker in 2019, and is a national leader in the "CSforALL" movement, bringing engaging computer science to students normally underrepresented in the field.
Thanks to four National Science Foundation grants, the "Beauty and Joy of Computing (BJC)" non-majors course he co-developed has been shared with over 800 high school teachers. He is delighted to regularly have more than 50% female enrollment in BJC, with a high mark of 65% in the Spring of 2018, shattering the campus record for an intro computing course, and is among the highest in the nation! He is humbled by the international exposure he and the course have received in the New York Times, PBS, NPR, and others media outlets. He is working on the BJC Middle School curriculum.
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At a time when computing is so much a part of all of our lives, has incredible job opportunities, and is so empowering, most students graduate high school without having had any introduction to computer science. A decade ago in the United States, the CSforALL movement was launched to broaden participation in computing to those traditionally underrepresented. This talk will reflect on the current state of that initiative and introduce the "Beauty and Joy of Computing (BJC)" course (that proudly uses Snap!), which has received worldwide attention and recently had 65% female enrolment at UC Berkeley, among the highest in the nation. Dan Garcia is a Teaching Professor at UC Berkeley. Selected as an ACM Distinguished Educator, SAP Visionary Member, and ACM Distinguished Speaker, he is a national leader in the "CSforALL" movement. He is the SIGCSE Board Vice-Chair and was recently honored as the most frequent SIGCSE author in their 50-year history.
- 20 min
- Snap!Con 2019