Software engineering program coming soon to 20 NYC public schools

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When I was in junior high school, the only things we used computer for were playing the Oregon Trail and learning to type “aaa” a million times over. Skip forward 15 years or so, and the technology field has evolved exponentially since those days in school when a PowerPC Mac running OS 8 was the hottest computer in the lab.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants to get students to get ahead in these geeky times, and so he has announced a Software Engineering Pilot (SEP) program for the city's schools. Under this program, 20 NYC middle and high schools will provide a “comprehensive computer science and software engineering curriculum” for around 1000 students.

The program will launch this September and is expected to grow to 3500 students by 2016. Bloomberg hopes the program will prepare students in grades 6 through 12 to become programmers and software engineers as New York becomes more of a tech industry center.

SEP’s core curriculum includes computer programming, embedded electronics, Web design and programming, e-textiles, robotics, and mobile computing. Meanwhile, students can also elect to take extra classes such as 3D printing, digital fabrication, and animation.

Act quickly! Enrollment for this program will be extremely competitive and school registration just around the corner this spring. Find out which middle and high schools will participate in the Software Engineering Pilot program by visiting NYC.gov .

[NYC via Engadget]

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